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Claire Jackson

Ivory ban will make exemptions for musical instruments

2:30, 6th April 2018

The UK ban on ivory sales, which is to be introduced after proposals were backed following public consultation, will make exemptions for musical instruments that contain a small percentage of the material.

Some antiques and museum objects will also be permitted. No date has yet been set for the introduction of the legislation, but it is expected to come into force as soon as is practical.

The number of elephants in the wild is believed to have declined by almost a third in the past decade, and an estimated 20,000 a year are killed to meet the global demand for ivory.

Musical instruments with an ivory content of less than 20 per cent and made prior to 1975 will be exempt from the ban, as will rare instruments that are over 100 years old – permits will be introduced in due course.

The environment secretary, Michael Gove, described the trade in ivory as ‘abhorrent’ and said: ‘Ivory should never be seen as a commodity for financial gain or a status symbol, so we will introduce one of the world’s toughest bans on ivory sales to protect elephants for future generations.’

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