Etsy updated its Prohibited Items policy this week to ban the listing of items made from certain animals, such as those designated as threatened or endangered. This includes (but is not limited to) fur, pelts, ivory, teeth, bones and taxidermied specimens.
Specifically, the site bans products made from bear, cheetah, chimpanzee, chinchilla, elkhorn and staghorn coral, cougar, eagle, elephant, gorilla, jaguar, lemur, leopard, lion, lynx, monkey, ocelot, rhino, seal, sea lion, tiger, wallaby, whale and zebra.
Additionally, the site prohibits the listing or sale of items derived from or created using any animal species designated as threatened or endangered under the US Endangered Species Act. That full list can be found here.
Even if users have permits that allow them to acquire, possess or sell an animal species from the list, it is still prohibited on Etsy. They do, however, make an exception for Native Alaskans who are exempt from restrictions under Section 10e of the US Endangered Species Act. Here’s what Etsy says about that in an FAQ:
Etsy values the preservation of traditional Native Alaskan cultures. For this reason, we’ve made an exception to our prohibited species policy for authentic articles of Native Alaskan crafts that are exempt under US law.
Sellers who list items on Etsy under this exception warrant that their items qualify and are in compliance with all relevant laws, including, but not limited to, the Endangered Species Act, the Whaling Convention Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, and the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.
All restrictions apply to those who do not live in the U.S., as well. The rules apply to both new products as well as vintage/antique or “pre-ban” items. More....