Ivory Law Update


Info from the American Federation of Musicians:

“Dear Member:

Changes to help protect endangered elephants were recently proposed by the Obama Administration that would further restrict the import, export, or sale of ivory in the U.S. Our union has been working with the administration to ensure that revised ivory regulations make it easier for musicians that have instruments containing ivory.

The proposed regulations would allow musicians to travel with legally crafted instruments containing 200 grams or less of worked ivory if you possess a CITES permit and the ivory was legally acquired before 1976. The regulations would also remove restrictions on traveling with musical instruments purchased after February 25, 2014 as long as your instrument meets the other travel requirements. If you need a CITES permit, please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more information.

Please note the proposed guidelines would impact instrument sales so review the proposed guidelines if you are planning on buying or selling an instrument.

We applaud the administration for listening to us, but we do have concerns that the proposed language concerning provenance of ivory in instruments is unclear for musicians. These rules do not go into effect until the public has commented on them.

Please take a moment right now and request the administration clarify the proposed regulations. You may write you own comments or just paste the comments below.

I’m a professional musician and am troubled that the proposed regulations are unclear regarding what documentation I need to prove provenance of instruments containing ivory. Aside from information included in the antiques section of the proposed rule, please provide clarification on exactly what documentation the USFWS will accept as positive proof of provenance of ivory in instruments. 

Musicians standing together have the power.

In Unity,
Ray Hair
AFM International President

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