Atlanta, Georgia (AP) --
Federal prosecutors in Georgia have charged a piano importer with illegally smuggling elephant ivory into the U.S.
Prosecutors charged A-440 Pianos Inc. and owner Pascal Vieillard
with violating federal law by bringing 855 elephant ivory key tops
totaling 1,710 pieces of ivory into the country.
Vieillard and the company both pleaded not guilty in a Thursday, Sept. 30 hearing. Defense attorney Thomas Findley said his clients did not
violate the law because the keys contained ivory that was more than
100 years old.