2013/2014 US Ivory Ban.

Updates and the Latest News.

2/28/2014. New Policy documentation released – US Department of Interior Ivory Policy

2/12/2014. Official Release by the WhiteHouse on the Ivory Ban.

FACT SHEET: National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking & Commercial Ban on Trade in Elephant Ivory.

2/2014. NPR Article: 2 Tons of Illegal Ivory Seized in France.

12.2013. We, at Pasewicz String Instrument, continue to be stewards of the environment by supporting the IPCI, International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative, and standing against illegal use and sale of elephant ivory and other illegal materials. Please contact us at info@tristrings.com if you have questions about our use of Mammoth and/or Mastodon Ivory or other have any other material related concerns.

12/2013. The Presidential Advisory Committee that met on 12/16/13 plans to recommend a total ban on ivory sales, within the US, to the task force on Wildlife Trafficking.If you want to oppose this action please email ACWT@FWS.GOV before December 28th when they file their report. You may use the sample letter below by cutting and pasting but feel free to change it as may fit your interests and work. (David Warther)

Sample Letter:

Dear Advisory Committee,

 I stand against a total ban of all ivory sales in the US.

As called for in the Presidential Executive Order I ask that the recommendations continue to allow for “legal and legitimate commerce”.

The ivory market in the US is stable and /or declining, and the seizure records indicate that a high proportion of the seizures made were personal effects lacking the correct paperwork, not the “blood tusks “ spoken about in the media. The Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) analysis indicated that the amount of ivory (by weight) seized annually has not increased in recent years. WE are not the consumers of the poached ivory. Therefore banning ivory sales within the US will do nothing to save the remaining world population of elephants.

CITES MIKE report (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) September 2013 report, page 64 analysis states “Africa’s elephant populations are managed sustainably” and that in 2013 the quota for permits for legal elephants was 1350 animals. There is legal trade that can be monitored with DNA testing and permitting. Enforcing and policing a ban would use funds that should be used to support the ban on imports already in effect.

I fully support the CITES rules, closing international borders to elephant ivory trade, a law already in effect that should be fully supported and enforced. I stand against a total ban of all ivory commerce within our United States borders, a decision that would be an enforcement nightmare. Like prohibition it will cause a new wave of illicit commerce where a legitimate one now exists. Museums, antique dealers, collectors, artisans and individual citizens have invested in a legal and valuable material. Sanctioned trade in ivory that is legal (culled and pre-ban) and comes from unthreatened sources (mammoth, boar, warthog, antique and recycled products) can pose no possible threat to elephant herds in the wild.

I believe our mutual goals are the same and a solution can be reached. Please keep the focus where it belongs. To increase the elephant population the killing must be stopped in Africa and at its borders.

Respectfully Submitted,

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