Antique dealers charged with felonies related to ivory sales

Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at the highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at the highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

HUDSON, N.Y. — Four antique shop owners in Hudson were charged with felonies Tuesday in connection with the alleged illegal sale of ivory, county and state officials said.

A report appearing on Hudson Valley 360 says environmental conservation officers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and special agents with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service executed search warrants June 1 at Kazarian Antiques, 602 Warren St.; NAGA Antiques, 536 Warren St.; White Whale Limited, 410 Warren St.; and The Warehouse, 99 Third St., according to a statement from DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.

Nearly 100 illegal items were recovered during the search, and included carvings made from elephant ivory and an article made from elephant hide, as well as a saw-tooth fish rostrum, a crocodilian head, and a large sea turtle carapace.

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