[Update, 5/31: As we've recently learned from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, it is not only illegal to sell any products made from endangered animals, including “vintage” items, to a buyer in another state, it's also prohibited under the Endangered Species Act to offer such products for sale in another state, including on a website like Etsy.
Etsy should not allow any products made with parts of endangered animals to be listed on their site, regardless of their age.
Etsy's existing policies ban "illegal animal products" from their site. However, they don’t provide any details on what this entails. As they are offered for sale across state lines, many of the so-called “pre-ban” items made with parts of endangered animals currently for sale on Etsy appear to be listed illegally. Others, in particular the hundreds of items containing ivory, may or may not be illegal, depending on their provenance. As it is often difficult for sellers or buyers to assess where a particular item is from and when it was made, it’s next to impossible to determine if it can be legally sold even within the borders of a state.
Etsy’s lack of a clear policy prohibiting ALL products made with parts of endangered animals not only leaves the site vulnerable to being exploited as an outlet for illegally poached products from endangered animals, it also puts sellers and buyers at risk, potentially leaving them open to legal repercussions.
We've shared this ew information we've received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services with Etsy and reaffirmed our request that they step up and close the door on the trade of parts of endangered animals once and for all.] Petition text:
The world’s leading craft marketplace, Etsy.com, is complicit in selling endangered animal products including snow leopard fur! Among the products listed on the site right now is a woman’s coat advertised with “genuine real snow leopard fur” collar. [UPDATE, 5/30 - the coat is now no longer advertised as containing "real snow leopard fur". Instead, the listing reads "real leopard fur" - as if it made a difference.]
We believe that Etsy should follow the lead of online retailers such as Ebay, Amazon or iOffer and adopt a policy banning any product made with parts of endangered animals from their site altogether.
Poaching remains one of the main threats facing many endangered species such as the snow leopard. As long as their fur is offered and bought as a fashionable accessory, this threat will remain acute. As it is a “vintage” product, the coat listed on Etsy can be legally sold within state borders. However, we don't believe it should be! Currently, Etsy.com has no wildlife-friendly policy regarding the sale of parts of endangered species, and there are several listings for such products on the platform.
Mr. Dickerson, endangered animals aren't products - so please stop treating them as such!
Dear Mr. Dickerson,
Please stop listing parts of endangered animals on Etsy.com!
It has come to my attention that there was a woman’s coat advertised with “genuine real snow leopard fur” collar listed on Etsy until recently. The listing has since been edited, but remains active. As I’m sure you are aware, snow leopards are endangered, and the trade of snow leopard parts is prohibited in the US under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
While the coat listed on your site is a “vintage” product and can be sold legally to someone in the same state as the seller, any sale or advertisement for it across state borders would be illegal. In addition to the legal issues I also believe that the conservation of endangered species relies on retailers like Etsy to join pioneers such as Ebay, Amazon and iOffer in setting wildlife-friendly standards that go beyond mere compliance with the law.
Poaching remains one of the main threats facing many endangered species such as the snow leopard. As long as their fur is offered and bought as a fashionable accessory, this threat will remain acute. For this reason, I would like to ask you today to ban the listing of any animal part, pelt, or skin from endangered species listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora, such as snow leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, mountain zebras and Hartmann mountain zebras, sable antelopes, and tigers on Etsy.com.
The coat I’ve mentioned is not the only product currently listed on your platform that contains parts of endangered animals. This is not an isolated case, but rather one example of many. I’m certain that a large part of your user base would wholeheartedly agree that Etsy should not be complicit in the continued trade of such items, but rather join the fight for conservation and ban them.
I hope you will agree as well and join our cause – because endangered animals should never be a product
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we signed: Etsy.com: Stop treating endangered animals as products!
You have just helped score a big win for wildlife!
A few weeks ago, you signed our petition asking Etsy.com to stop allowing products made with parts of endangered species to be listed on their site.
Today, I am happy to let you know that Etsy has answered your call! The company has announced new policies designed to stop the trade in products made with parts of endangered animals in their marketplace - effective immediately.
Etsy deserves credit for stepping up for wildlife! While their announcement does not explicitly acknowledge the influence you've had on their policy change, the wording reflects what you and over 33,000 other wildlife supporters have pointed out: that the trade in products made with parts of endangered species is not only illegal in most cases, but also puts these animals at risk. Today%u2019s policy change means that there is one less loophole for poachers to exploit. Make no mistake: YOU made this change happen!
From everyone at the Snow Leopard Trust, I want to thank you for raising your voice for wildlife and helping to convince Etsy.com to do the right thing.
People like you give me hope for the future of the snow leopard. There are only between 4500 and 7000 of these magnificent cats left in the wild - and we need your help to protect them. Please consider signing up for our monthly snow leopard email newsletter that will keep you updated on all the latest developments in snow leopard conservation: www.snowleopard.org/enews
Brad Rutherford, Executive Director, Snow Leopard Trust
Keep up the great work. Look what you've accomplished!
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