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1:45 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

US Reviewing Ivory Rule After Bagpipes Are Seized

U.S. border inspection station at Highgate Springs, Vermont
U.S. border inspection station at Highgate Springs, Vermont
Credit Wbaron/Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing its rules about ivory imports after two teenage bagpipers from New Hampshire had their instruments seized at the Canadian border.

The discord started Sunday when Campbell Webster and Eryk Bean were driving back from Canada after a competition that served as a tuneup for the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

Because they crossed at Highgate Springs, Vermont, a "non-designated" crossing, they needed extra permits and inspection fees totaling $576. They didn't have the paperwork and the pipes were confiscated.

There are no "designated" land crossings in the Northeast; the nearest designated crossing is Boston's Logan Airport

A spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday they recognize musicians have unique circumstances.

The boys eventually got their instruments back.

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