Here’s an update from MIA’s Paul McManus:
I attended a DEFRA/CITES/APHA meeting last week and here are a number of points that may be of use:
- Ivory – the MIA has been invited to talk at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Endangered Species about our plea for an exclusion of musical instruments (see previous news article on 20th April). This presentation will be in partnership with our “coalition” members, the MU and the ABO
- Many thanks to so many of you in the industry who responded to the article and let us know the age and quantity of ivory that you are involved with
- Elaine Kendall is the new Head of the International Species Conservation Team
- We know of instruments still being impounded (currently 11,000 ukes in various docks)
- Our specialist lawyer is having some success in resolving such matters, contact us if you do not have their details?
- The issue of violin pegs and Indian Rosewood was discussed and the implications of that sector of our industry, especially the prohibitive costs on being compliant (thanks to the compliance now including finished products)
- There was a discussion about the many rosewood subspecies that are not specifically mentioned in the CITES annotation, such as kingswood and tulipwood (but are, none the less, included)
We are currently in conversation with the authorities about the new consultation looking to prevent Nickel and Nickel Compounds coming into direct and prolonged contact with the skin.
Instrument strings and wind mouthpieces are specifically mentioned!
Here we go again…….