Ivory collection seized at vintage art fair

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority seized a total of 73 prohibited ivory items on Wednesday, April 8th and Saturday April 11th. Reports were filed against four suspects.

On April 11th the NVWA, in cooperation with the Midden-Nederland police unit, performed a check on the Verzamelbeurs in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. Inspectors found 48 objects made of ivory from elephants, whales and hippos among the things of three traders from Germany Belgium and Scotland. The objects were seized and a record was drawn up against the traders. The NVWA also discovered that an individual from Zuid-Holland was offering prohibited ivory items for sale. The inspectors also seized these 25 items and a record was drawn up against the individual. Trading ivory is illegal. Exemptions can be granted for this prohibition, but only under strict conditions.