Saturday, June 7, 2014
PBS WILL BLOCK IVORY FROM ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
PBS: Ivory tusks are off ‘Antiques Roadshow’
June 7, 2014
LOS ANGELES — PBS says “Antiques Roadshow” is dropping appraisals of ivory tusks.
The tusks won’t be shown in new episodes or in segments drawn from previously aired shows, PBS said Wednesday.
The popular public TV series features a variety of items brought in for professional assessment. Amara is thrilled with this decision. This is an important step in ensuring elephant ivory tusks and their “assumed monetary value” are not glorified on TV. Ivory poaching is decimating the ranks of Africa’s endangered elephants.
PBS said items that include ivory elements, such as musical instruments, will continue to be appraised to inform “Antiques Roadshow” viewers about “the larger issues at hand.”