Implementing the Ivory Act

Closed 4 May 2021

Opened 9 Mar 2021


The Ivory Act 2018, which received Royal Assent in 2018, will introduce one the toughest bans on elephant ivory sales in the world and showcase the UK as a global leader in animal conservation. When commenced, it will ban the dealing of items made of, or containing elephant ivory, regardless of their age. This consultation will seek the views of interested parties on Defra’s proposals for the commencement of the ivory ban. These include the commencement arrangements for the ban, implementation of the exemptions, and the information required and fees for registrations of exempt items.


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Animal welfare campaigners
  • Trade Unions
  • Professional and Membership Organisations/Agencies
  • Stakeholders


  • Biodiversity
  • Animals
  • Wildlife crime
  • Wildlife management
  • Protecting wildlife
  • Dangerous and wild animals