The Budapest Festival Orchestra came to New York City to perform at Lincoln Center but the ivory law caused problems (see Kovels Komments, April 23 and May 28, 2014.) The bows for violins belonging to the musicians have ivory parts and so, in accordance with the new law, they were confiscated. The orchestra did not have the necessary paperwork for the antique bows and the musicians had to borrow bows to perform. Because the law bans importing ivory into the United States, the bows were returned to the musicians when they were leaving the country. No new ivory was involved. There are many groups trying to get the law changed to allow old ivory from African elephants that died years ago, but to keep restrictions on ivory from recently-killed elephants to help protect the herd.
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