CONCORD, N.H. – Leave those bagpipes at home if they contain ivory and you're trying to cross parts of the Canadian border.
That's the lesson 17-year-old Campbell Webster, of New Hampshire, learned this week as he tried to carry his pipes back from a competition in Canada. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized Webster's pipes, and those of his friend Eryk Bean, because they contain ivory.
The U.S. prohibits importing ivory taken after 1976; the ivory in the boys' bagpipes is older and they have certificates to prove it.
After contacting their congressional delegation and getting 3,000 signatures on an online petition, the boys have their pipes, but the hassle is lingering like a sour note: Lezlie Webster, Campbell's mother, says the boys had to pay a fee.