The American government has perceived a dangerous source of environment treble....
"Musical instruments may
contain parts or products of species protected under the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
(CITES) and/or the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Brazilian rosewood,
tortoiseshell, and elephant ivory are among the protected species most
commonly found in musical instruments.
"If you are traveling with a musical instrument that contains
Brazilian rosewood, elephant ivory, tortoiseshell, or another protected
species, you will need to obtain proper legal documentation before
crossing international borders. You may need CITES documents for other
species, particularly wildlife species, so always check before
For details, see the Fish and Wildlife Service (!) page on musical instrument regulation, from where I lifted the text above.
Musical instrument permit information
Permit regulations on cactus
More Fish & Wildlife Service excesses
Government micromanagement is harassment. This is insane. This is wrong.