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When this ban goes ahead, every side will lose – most importantly the elephant.

Dr Peacock, whose views were aired in the same issue, will sadly be giving up his collection in vain because it will not save one animal.

I have previously suggested in ATG’s Letters page that there should be a tax on pre-1947 ivory. That bird has now flown.

The question I now pose is what is going to happen to the old ivory that, once the law is enacted, will become illegal to sell?

I fear the answer is that it will be destroyed. This will amount to iconoclasm. What environment secretary Michael Gove is doing is winning votes – no more, no less.

There is a better way.

Edric van Vredenburgh