A lot more elephant trophies will be confiscated by US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) this season. That's because agents have been instructed to consider all ivory with brass bases and pedestals as "worked" ivory. We learned of this development from John Meehan of Flora and Fauna Custom Brokerage, whose contacts at USFWS recently told him about the new policy. Under the Service's new definitions of hunting trophies, worked ivory is a personal item and not only should be coded as such on export/import forms but also requires an import permit for an Appendix I CITES species because elephant have been downlisted to Appendix II for trophy hunting purposes only. Previously, only carving or scrimshaw work was a problem, but according to Meehan, anything but raw ivory will now be confiscated. John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force (504-837-1233; www.conservation force.org) and I are looking into this development. Until we have this sorted out, the best course of action is to postpone any shipments of ivory with any kind of embellishment. If you have an ivory shipment that is confiscated, you should contact Jackson right away.