Chief executive of the British Antiques Dealers’ Association, Marco Forgione, is clear that BADA is very strict about ivory and takes the issue very seriously: “as an industry, we abhor the risk and threat to endangered species.” He is hoping a conclusion will be reached to “protect the trade and circulation of historic art objects whilst… ensuring all illegal and modern ivory is removed from circulation.” Similarly, BADA dealer Max Rutherston, who specialises in netsuke, suggests the importance of preserving antique ivory: ““ivory has been a chosen material for great works of art for thousands of years.”