By Julia Wilkinson
Etsy shoppers will likely see fewer products made with animal parts such as feathers, bone, and fur going forward on the site. Etsy recently announced changes to its Prohibited Items policy to include items made from certain animals, including those designated as threatened or endangered.
"The new policy includes but is not limited to items or materials such as fur, pelts, ivory, teeth, bones, and taxidermied specimens from those protected animals," wrote Lauren Engelhardt in an Etsy Announcement.
Etsy explained the changes as part of their "lasting commitment to lead by our values and use the power of business to help solve social and environmental problems in our world." The company said it believes its important for it and its community to "minimize our impact on the depletion of scarce natural resources," and with this update it takes a "step forward to help protect the diverse species of wildlife with which we share our planet."
The policy changes include both new and vintage items. Etsy noted that vintage items are often referred to as "pre-ban" or "antique," and they are prohibited "even if the seller has documentation of rights to sell the items under applicable law." The risk that the legal status of these items may be unknown or mislabeled is too great, explained Etsy in its policy update, "and continued sale of these items, though potentially legal, stands to perpetuate market demand and further jeopardize the existence of these species."
In a discussion thread opened up about the change, seller reaction was mixed. Many sellers applauded the changes as humane and/or beneficial to the environment. More....