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May 1, 2015 1:02 PM

Feds to change ivory rule enforcement after bagpipes seized

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hoping to hit the right notes over new rules enforcing an ivory ban that snagged a pair of teenage bagpipers at the Canadian border.

In August, Campbell Webster and Eryk Bean of New Hampshire were returning from a competition in Canada when their pipes were taken at Highgate Springs, Vermont. The reason: They contained small pieces of ivory.

The U.S. prohibits importing ivory taken after 1976. The boys' pipes were both older than that but were seized anyway.

They got their pipes back the next day, in time to fly to Scotland for the world championships.

Craig Hoover, of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, says the ivory ban will remain in place but the new rule will make accommodations for things like musical instruments.


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