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Animal products policy

eBay is committed to animal welfare and the protection of native, endangered and threatened species, so products from endangered or protected species can't be listed.

This policy was updated on 11 April 2024 with some minor amendments to the guidelines about ivory, and is effective as of this date.

Sellers can list certain animal and wildlife products on eBay such as faux or reproductions of animal products. However, it is up to the seller to check whether selling or posting these items requires a licence, permit or other paperwork.

What is the policy?

Additional Information

Australian laws

There are many more products made from endangered or threatened wildlife than those listed here. In addition to eBay policy, state and territory governments may also have their own laws about trading native wildlife items. You could face severe penalties if you break the law, so make sure you understand your responsibilities.

Please visit the Department of Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water website - opens in new window or tab for more information about wildlife trade into and out of Australia - opens in new window or tab and contact the Department (wildlifetrade@dcceew.gov.au) or your state or territory government - opens in new window or tab if in any doubt.

 

CITES

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora - opens in new window or tab (CITES) is an international agreement between governments which helps to ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten species with extinction.

CITES places species into three appendices based on their conservation status and risk from trade, and has established a worldwide system of controls on international trade. Individual countries can also specify stricter domestic measures.

Australia is one of more than 179 countries that are party to CITES. The management authority in Australia is the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water - opens in new window or tab.

 
 

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn't, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

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Visit Seller Help - opens in new window or tab to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps to reflect our commitment to animal welfare and the protection of native, endangered and threatened species, while ensuring our members follow important government regulations.

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