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Rosemary Bandini. Commentary: The Proposed Ivory Ban in the UK

In his maiden speech to Parliament last July, the secretary of state for environment, Michael Gove, blindsided the antiques world by announcing his proposal to ban trade in ivory in the UK. The Conservative party manifesto of May 2017, published before the June elections, had made no mention of such a ban, containing only a general pledge to protect endangered species and the marine environment. Indeed the previous incumbent at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), Andrea Leadsom, had confirmed only 7 months earlier that the Conservative government had no plans to change the existing legislation.n his maiden speech to Parliament last July, the secretary of state for environment, Michael Gove, blindsided the antiques world by announcing his proposal to ban trade in ivory in the UK. The Conservative party manifesto of May 2017, published before the June elections, had made no mention of such a ban, containing only a general pledge to protect endangered species and the marine environment. Indeed the previous incumbent at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), Andrea Leadsom, had confirmed only 7 months earlier that the Conservative government had no plans to change the existing legislation.

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Mar/Apr 2018
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