It is important to stress that McTear’s fully supports the work of those fighting the war against ivory poachers and is committed to stamping out the trade in illegal ivory.
The law surrounding the sale of ivory is clear. In 1989 CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) banned international sale of new ivory, however, ivory can still be bought and sold if it fulfils certain criteria.
In summary the ivory must be of an antique nature dating before 1947, be mammoth ivory, or from part of the 1999 and 2008 CITES approved sales of ivory stockpiles in southern African countries.
We understand that there are groups and individuals who oppose the sale of ivory, however, it should be noted that many cultures have long valued the use of ivory in an artistic context and intricate carvings and other artistic items form an important record of the cultural life of these countries dating back hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years.
We believe that these genuine historical works of art, many of which appear in museums and feature in auctions around the world, should be preserved.
It is important that any ivory purchase is made from a reputable source and at McTear’s rigorous checks are undertaken on every ivory item to ensure that it conforms to the strict legal regulations set out by CITES.
More information on CITES regulations can be found here http://www.antiquestradegazette.com/essential-info/endangered-species/