The Uk Government has just announced that the sale of ivory is to be banned in the UK as part of its plan to help protect elephants.
There are exemptions however, and whilst the purists will want these items banned also, I'm in two minds about it. Whilst it worries me that the exemptions could easily create a loop hole through which illegal ivory can still be channelled, at the same time it seems wrong to destroy (for example) a Steinway grand piano built before 1975 because it has ivory keys. This will not help the poor dead elephant... but I agree its an arguable point! Measures taken to ensure each individual item falls within legal bounds, are going to be extremely difficult and indeed, who will do this? I have quoted below part of the announcement. "Several types of ivory item will be exempted from the ban, including those that were made before 1947 and contain less than 10 per cent of the substance.
Musical instruments that were made before 1975 and contain less than 20 per cent ivory will also be allowed to be traded, as will antique items that are especially rare. Museums will be allowed to buy and sell ivory items." Whatever your thoughts, this is a great step forward and not before time! Now we can only hope that the internet trade will be urgently addressed, because if it is not... all this will make little difference to the trade in ivory and its resulting decline in the elephant population.
To illustrate and celebrate the ban, this is my latest elephant painting only signed this morning and soon to be winging its way to it's commissioner. I have called it 'Waterway'. #elephants #ivory #ivoryban #ukgovernment #michaelgove #endangered #conservation #ivorybelongstoelephants #banthetrade #natgeocreative #onsafari #elephantherd @olpejeta @elephants_of_insta @elephant.gifts @michael.gove.mp @artesemfronteiras @artcollector.ae @wildlifeartcurator @bluereview