BBC's Antiques Roadshow to review ivory objects policy

From BBC - January 8, 2018

The BBC is to review its policy of allowing objects made of ivory to appear on the Antiques Roadshow.

The programme has faced criticism from wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna, who said it presented ivory as a thing of beauty, not a symbol of destruction.

The UK prohibits the sale of ivory pieces produced after 1947, although the government has proposed banning the sale of all ivory items.

The BBC said it sought to raise awareness of the "horrors" of poaching.

Former Born Free actress Ms McKenna said in an interview with the Radio Times that the BBC should step away from the "parochial fascination with antiques at any price".

She said she was a regular viewer of the Antiques Roadshow, which she accused of continuing to represent ivory as a "desirable item, a thing of beauty instead of a symbol of destruction".

She added: "We cannot afford to put a value on bloody ivory."


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