Ivory has been used in the decorative arts for its beauty and versatility. However, it’s essential to note that due to concerns about the ethical and environmental implications of ivory trade, regulations have been put in place to restrict its use and trade in many parts of the world, including England.
Historical Uses of Ivory in Decorative Arts:
Current Law in England: As of my last update in September 2021, the law in England regarding ivory has been tightened to protect elephants and other endangered species. The Ivory Act 2018, which received Royal Assent in December 2018, bans the commercial trade of almost all items containing ivory. There are exceptions for specific items that are considered to have significant historical, cultural, or artistic value and were made before 1947, as long as they meet certain criteria.
The ban is aimed at preventing the illegal ivory trade and its contribution to elephant poaching and habitat destruction. It demonstrates the UK’s commitment to combating the illegal wildlife trade and protecting endangered species.
Please note that laws and regulations can change, so it’s essential to check for any updates or amendments to the Ivory Act in England since my last update in 2021.
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