UK Government Consultation on Banning Sales of Ivory

The UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is beginning a consultation on banning sales of ivory. MIRN wishes to state its unconditional support for all reasonable measures that protect endangered species. Nevertheless, such a ban, if applied heavy-handedly, could have unintended consequences impacting on the trade, repair and restoration of historic musical instruments in this country. The Government has indicated that there will be certain exemptions introduced for musical instruments. You can read more about the Government’s proposals hereĀ and can also contribute your views through their survey or by writing to them at IvoryConsultation@defra.gsi.gov.uk. Please make your views known. This will be discussed at MIRN’s upcoming AGM (12th October) and anyone who will not be at the meeting, but who wishes to contribute to the MIRN discussion on this or any other matter, should write to the Chair via MIRN’s enquiries email.