Online shopping site Etsy has recently added a wildlife policy to their mission statement, and is no longer allowing the sale of any products that include materials from certain animals, such as those designated as threatened or endangered. Animal activists welcomed the recent announcement, that included a public statement from IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).
With this recent policy, Etsy joins other online shops like eBay in opposing the sale of any merchandise related to endangered animals. Both web sites voluntarily instituted these policies, as there is no official law forcing them to do so. Being big animal lovers ourselves, this is a move we applaud and welcome in the fashion industry.
You can read the full statement from Jeff Flocken, North America Regional Director for IFAW, below:
Washington, D.C. – July 23, 2013 – Congratulations to Etsy for stepping up to the plate in prohibiting the sale of ivory and all other products made from endangered species. By reconsidering its wildlife policies, Etsy joins eBay as a leader in saving wildlife on the web. eBay voluntarily banned all animal ivory from its sites globally in 2008 after the release of the IFAW investigative report, Killing with Keystrokes. Now other web platforms like Craigslist, Bonanza and Google Shop should follow suit and do the same. Just last week on these three sites IFAW found ivory, live parrots and tortoises, monkey bone, and even rhino horn, all available for sale. We hope that these websites will follow the example of Etsy and eBay and move quickly to put an end to the illicit wildlife trade occurring on-line.
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