David Starkey

Historians defend antiques trade ahead of government consultation on UK ivory market

15 February 2017

A group of historians, museums and TV presenters including Alan Titchmarsh and David Starkey have condemned the slaughter of elephants but have argued the case for the defence of the antiques trade.

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The ivory trade debate reaches Radio 4 consumer show

13 February 2017

The debate over the trade in antiques containing ivory reached Radio 4 last week. BBC Radio 4's daily consumer programme 'You & Yours' featured a slot on the topic with both wildlife charities and the antiques trade represented.

Parliament House of Commons

IVORY DEBATE: ministers not convinced that extending ban to pre-1947 antiques would save elephants

07 February 2017

The government remains open-minded on proposals to extend its planned ban on trade in post-1947 ivory to antiques with ivory dating before this time, despite pressure from some MPs to do so.

Rebecca Pow Taunton Deane MP

IVORY DEBATE: Antiques trade defended in parliamentary debate on UK domestic ivory market

07 February 2017

A handful of MPs stood up for the antiques trade in a debate on the UK domestic ivory market in parliament yesterday, calling for antiques to be exempt from any ivory ban.

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Slideshow: see who attended the ATG Seminar on CITES on 19 January

25 January 2017

One of the largest-ever gatherings of auctioneers and dealers last week heard calls for a unified and proactive approach to the forthcoming government consultation on the UK ivory trade. See here for snaps from the day

Beijing China

Trade believes antiques are exempt from new Chinese ivory ban

03 January 2017

Antiques trade leaders are hopeful that China’s newly-announced plan to impose a total ban on the ivory trade in the country will exclude antique ivory.

Victoria Borwick MP

Victoria Borwick MP defends trade in antique ivory at House of Commons debate

14 December 2016

MP and BADA president Victoria Borwick has given a passionate defence of the antique ivory trade in Parliament, strongly arguing against a total ban.

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Ivory protestors descend on Westminster as Stephen Fry lends support to trade ban

16 November 2016

Protestors organised by wildlife charity Action for Elephants are demonstrating outside of The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in London today to make the case for banning the ivory trade in the UK.

Martin Sims

Wildlife crime unit chief to tell ATG seminar on CITES: let’s prevent rather than prosecute

02 November 2016

The leader of the police body tackling wildlife crime has agreed to speak at the Antique Trade Gazette’s Seminar on CITES in January 2017, as the UK antiques sector faces the most serious threat ever to the trade of antique ivory.

Ivory confrontation

BBC show calls for total UK ban on ivory trade - drawing instant response from trade

01 November 2016

A BBC documentary investigating the illegal ivory trade, hosted by celebrity chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, has called for a complete ban on the buying and selling of ivory regardless of age.

Victoria Borwick

Victoria Borwick defends antiques trade on ivory

31 October 2016

Kensington MP and BADA president Victoria Borwick has responded to demands for a total ban on the ivory trade. She has called on the UK government to ensure antique ivory is exempt from any crackdown.

BBC investigates the ivory trade in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall documentary

24 October 2016

A BBC One documentary by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall called 'Saving Africa’s Elephants: Hugh and the Ivory War' will be aired tonight at 9pm.

John Scanlon CITES

CITES summit considers exemptions over antiques

03 October 2016

The possibility of a global ban on ivory that would allow exemptions for antiques was under discussion at last week’s CITES summit in South Africa.

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British ivory exports to Hong Kong under scrutiny

28 September 2016

Wildlife campaigners are calling for a crackdown on ivory exports from the UK after a report revealed trade doubled to Hong Kong last year.

COMMENT: Why modern ivory ends up in the antiques chain and how to stop this happening

27 September 2016

Michael Baggott, silver dealer and regular TV antiques pundit, looks to his own specialism for a solution to the antique ivory conundrum – and volunteers to help

Antiques trade will have input to ivory rule changes

27 September 2016

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has vowed to consult with the antiques trade over plans to tighten rules surrounding ivory.

ATG launches seminar on CITES with SoFAA and BADA as antique ivory trade rules tighten

26 September 2016

Antiques Trade Gazette is partnering with auctioneer body SoFAA and dealer organisation the BADA to host a seminar on the essentials of CITES, as the government announces tougher rules around the trade of ivory-based objects.

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UK ivory ban threat: ‘government WILL consult antiques industry’

23 September 2016

The government is expected to announce that it will consult the antiques industry and other parties on the kind of proof that will be required to trade ivory pre-dating 1947, ATG has learned.

Ivory latest: Minister Andrea Leadsom to unveil a full ban on post-1947 ivory objects

21 September 2016

Environment minister Andrea Leadsom will tomorrow announce a full prohibition on the sale of ivory objects made after 1947, ATG has been told.

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UK dealers and auctioneers 'will have to prove ivory objects are 70 years old', sources say

21 September 2016

Auctioneers and dealers will have to provide proof that antique ivory is aged 70 years and older, according to media reports this morning.