Despite strict rules adopted in 2017, the European Commission estimates that 20,000 to 30,000 elephants are killed each year for their ivory, constituting a threat to the survival of the species. Consequently, on 16 December 2021, it announced a modification in European regulation 865/2006 prohibiting intra-community trade in ivory, except for a few very well-defined cases, including trade in musical instruments.
This exception is the result of the joint efforts of FIM, Pearle*, CSFI and CAFIM (representing musical instrument makers), to ensure that measures aimed at putting an end to elephant poaching should not have any unreasonable effects on the sale, acquisition or repair of musical instruments. […]
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