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The ivory ban: your questions and some answers

Roland Arkell and Noelle McElhatton on what the new ivory law could mean for art and antiques

An idea that began life with Conservative government manifesto pledges in 2010 and 2015 for a total ban on the UK trade in ivory finally took shape last week.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) announced that it intends to introduce legislation that will prohibit the trade in ivory of any age in the UK, with narrow exemptions, after a public consultation in late 2017.

The ban will build upon, rather than replace, current CITES rules.

Readers have asked ATG to explain the implications of the ban at this early stage in the process, which we do here with help from Defra, antiques trade bodies and experts.

What does the ban involve from an antiques point of view and is the ‘1947’ date still relevant?

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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