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Defra ivory consultation BADA guidance for collectors V2 .pdf


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Defra consultation on banning UK sales of ivory
This short summary about the Defra consultation is designed for members to give to those
collectors who own ivory objects, want to understand more about the consultation and
possibly contribute to it.
The Government’s proposal
It is important to recognise that, despite the references in the media and in the consultation
document itself to this being a “total” ban on ivory sales in the UK, integral to the proposal
are the following exemptions:





musical instruments which contain ivory.
items which contain a small percentage of ivory, and where the ivory is integral to
the item - a “de minimis” exemption.
items which are of significant artistic, cultural and historical value.
ivory to museums, and between museums.

Why collectors should respond
If you are a collector of antiques, some of which may contain ivory or be made entirely from
it, then you are strongly advised to take part in the consultation, in which anyone may
participate.
Because the number of antiques owned by collectors at any one time far exceeds the
number offered for sale by dealers and auction houses, it is collectors who stand to be the
largest loser if the above exemptions are not couched widely enough to ensure a continuing
market in genuine antiques unconnected to poaching. It is important that the Government
understands this.
The important points to make when responding
Collectors should show support for the exemptions, particularly the “de minimis”
exemption and the exemption for items of artistic, cultural and historic significance.
In particular collectors should use the consultation to:







Describe the items you collect, giving specific examples, and explain why they are of
cultural, historical or artist significance.
Contrast the types of items you own that contain ivory with examples of
unimportant trinkets that would not be covered by the exemptions.
Give an indication of the value of your collection, and possibly point out it was
lawfully acquired.
Indicate the percentage you feel should apply to the de minimis exemption and why
(BADA believes that 50% or 75% would be the most appropriate because the real
target of the restrictions should be crude, modern day ivory carvings and not inlaid
furniture or genuine, culturally significant objects.)
If possible submit images of objects to explain your point. These can be uploaded at
the end of the questions in the online version of the consultation.

The consultation can be found at:
https://consult.defra.gov.uk/international/banning-uk-sales-of-ivory/

October 2017 (2)


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