NAMM Members Participate in Rule-Making Advocacy Efforts for Proposed Ivory Ban
February 27, 2014
US Fish & Wildlife Service has issued Director 210 concerning ivory imports.
NAMM provides the following comments regarding this order:
1. It applies only to imports and does NOT impact domestic sales; check back for information updates concerning how/if it changes current rules; if needed, NAMM will host a conference call with updates.
2. Rules regarding domestic sales will be forthcoming in the April-June period and will be subject to public comment for at least 30 and possibly 60 days.
3. NAMM is working with violin/bow makers, orchestras, musicians union and museums in a coalition-building effort.
4. NAMM has requested information-gathering meetings with key FWS officials; check back for updates.
5. NAMM is working on individual Congressional staff meetings to determine who may be interested in assisting.
6. Other advocacy efforts being vetted for feasibility/effectiveness.
Please check back for periodic updates.
February 21, 2014
The White House announced on February 11, 2014 a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking which includes new regulations impacting the commercial trade of elephant ivory. The proposed ban could potentially restrict commerce (both import/export and interstate sales) of musical instruments that contain ivory. Links to FAQ document from US FWS provided below. NAMM hosted a webinar outlining the proposed ban and timeline for advocacy strategy; a recording is available here: NAMM Ivory Update Feb.2014
NAMM will work with its Members during regulatory rule-making and public comment period now through June and advocate for options that allow for sale of musical instruments that have ivory elements; said commerce is currently legal via current CITES and USFWS permitting requirements. NAMM Members are urged to check back to this news item for periodic updates. To join an info-group and receive updates directly, please send email to MaryL@namm.org with subject line: IvoryInfo