By Talia Shadwell
Trade Me has emerged an animal welfare champion, banning sales of electric shock dog collars and select furs.
Furs sourced from overseas are no longer welcome on the website, in changes that kicked in this month.
"We accept that there are some questionable practices in the global fur industry and we don't want to be a part of those negative outcomes," Jon Duffy, Trade Me head of trust and safety, said.
It was already illegal to sell fur products in New Zealand sourced from an animal protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
However, any new item featuring fur sourced from an overseas source, such as fox, coyote, bear or cougar was now also banned from Trade Me.
Animal products obtained from non-protected New Zealand domestic species that were obtained in a humane way could still be traded on the auction site, including possum, rabbit and ferret furs.
Vintage furs could also still be bought and sold as long as they did not come from protected species, under the rationale that second-hand trade stemmed ongoing killing of animals, Mr Duffy said.
Trade Me has also announced electronic dog collars and anti-bark shock devices will join furs on its "banned and restricted" list. More....