We have all seen the horrific pictures of African elephants slaughtered or maimed for their ivory tusks. Several laws and treaties are in place to address the crisis of elephant poaching brought on by the demand for ivory. Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a Proposed Rule, revising the Endangered Species Act in respect to the African elephant. The Public Comments period ended on September 28, 2015, and comments are now being reviewed . This Proposed Rule -- and other laws -- directly affect the collecting, exhibiting, and selling of ivory objects, or objects containing even relatively small amounts of ivory, including objects produced years ago.