The government revealed that it has received 60,000 responses to its public consultation on banning the trade of objects that containing ivory.
Currently, objects made before 1947 that contain ivory can be sold in the UK, but raw ivory of any age is not allowed to be sold.
Mark Dodgson of The British Antique Dealers Association stated his association’s stance on ivory:
“We have urged the Government to ensure that objects of genuine cultural, historical and artistic relevance can continue to be traded, whilst removing from sale modern ivory and tourist trinkets of questionable cultural importance.”
The government is expected to issue its response to the consultation in December 2018.
The BBC television program Antiques Roadshow is to review its policy on ivory objects in response to wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna’s claim that the program presented ivory as a thing of beauty, not a symbol of destruction.
A BBC spokesperson said that ivory items were seldom shown on the Antiques Roadshow, but would look at whether its policy needed changing. The spokesman said:
“In recent years, on the rare occasions when we have examined an object, the Antiques Roadshow has sought to raise awareness of the debate around antique ivory.”
Antiques containing ivory continue to be legally sold. Inlaid Edwardian furniture in Preston area antique shops, for example, may contain ivory. Potential buyers will be informed by the antique dealer if an item contains ivory, and can make up their own mind about the ethics of purchasing them.
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