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If the government were concerned about muggings or other street crime, the solution would not be to ban everyone from walking on the streets!

A total ban in pre-1947 items containing ivory would, in my opinion, be similarly disproportionate. The starting point in any discussions should acknowledge this.

Moreover, if a licensing system is to be introduced, it also needs to be proportionate, fully taking into account the likely effects on holders, traders and licensers of such pre- 1947 items containing ivory.

Only a fair and sensible system will turn out to be in any way effective.

Ali Bhatia