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The music industry is concerned about a “crippling” new regulation from the Obama administration that it says could end the careers of musicians and reduce the quality of performances around the world.

In an effort to crack down on illegal animal trafficking, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued an order earlier this year that bans the trade of materials containing African elephant ivory.

Musicians say the order could keep them from traveling overseas, because they often perform with expensive antique instruments that contain ivory.

Country star Vince Gill, who owns an extensive collection of antique guitars, is among the musicians who have expressed fears about traveling overseas for fears that their instruments will be confiscated in customs.

The policy is particularly worrisome for orchestras, because many older stringed instruments such as violins and cellos contain small amounts of ivory, as do the bows used to play them.

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