I just read the Lacey act, 11 pages in all. I don't trust the US justice system. But you are right if there is a legal permit in another country, you technically are taking the animal legally, so you are not breaking the law but the USA doesn't have to allow importation. So the USFWS is taking the USA out of ivory trade? Really, were we the ones causing all the problems, that lead to all the recent elephant and rhino poaching? We might have a drug importation dilemma , but I doubt we have a rhino horn or ivory trade on a large scale. I remember how we were only suppose to get 300 wolves in Wisconsin but ended up with 3000+ thanks to interpretation of the endangered species act. Trust....I have very little.