asks (with a link to 'Ton of confiscated ivory crushed in New York's Times Square'):
Would we consider destroying undocumented artifacts to remove them from the market?Quite apart from asking the question why "we" would need to, according to the dealers' propaganda, we already do (see 'Smashing Pots in Anti-Collector Spite', PACHI Saturday, 15 May 2010. This apocryphal story I judge to be untrue, but Dr Kersel's suggestion makes me wonder whether there is some justification in what dealers say about some archaeologists.
Of course there is a huge difference between pots in the US illegally taken from Greece (when as some small recpompense you can give them back to the Greek people from whom they were taken) and illegal elephant ivory in the US which you can never give back to the slaughtered elephants. By the way, look at the photo of this stuff in the link and see just what crass bad-taste 'artworks' (sic) the animals were needlessly slaughtered to produce so crass US collectors would buy them as 'genuine antique ivory carvings'. Disgusting.
Vignette: sad eyes of species doomed by greed .