Yesterday, June 6th, 2016, the Fish and Wildlife Service released a final rule regarding the importation and exportation of ivory. More severe restrictions and a near total ban on elephant ivory domestic commercial trade have been put in place. This is great news for the elephants of the world and it will undoubtedly decrease the amount of illegal ivory trafficked into the US.
Musicians, led by The League of American Orchestras, have been able to join the conversation and have had their voices heard. There is still quite a bit of confusion about the whole topic with how it pertains to the traveling musician with ivory, so I’m here to clear up these issues. I just spoke with the Fish and Wildlife Service and here’s what I’ve learned.