Fish and Wildlife issued Director's Order 210 on February 24 effective immediately which codified our concerns. I have printed below in its entirety the order with a separate accompanying fact sheet. Mike McCullough, a highly regarded lawyer and specialist in these matters has been working with the art and antiques community to come up with a solution. I have also in this newsletter printed that in its entirety.
The Endangered Species Act is complex, confusing and encumbered by ever changing regulations that in themselves tend to become the governing force of the very broad and somewhat obscure legislation. I have provided background material with links in a separate piece in this newsletter. In the event you find this material tedious, I have highlighted and italicized sections of interest.
Some might say that we need to protect the elephants and we all need to sacrifice to preserve our environment. I wish it were that simple. Symbolic gestures obfuscate the real problems and the solutions. I believe Order 210 is a beginning and not an end and real motive of our government is to stop the selling of any endangered species regardless of past laws or the age of the object. Yes it is amazing what you can do with a pen and a phone.