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Animals and wildlife products policy

Policy overview

You can sell a few types of animals and wildlife products, though there are some things you can't be list on eBay because of complex government regulations and various laws both in the US and internationally.

Check out the list of items below to find out what you can and can't sell on eBay. If an item is allowed or restricted, be sure to follow our guidelines, shipping restrictions, and applicable laws. You also need to check if selling or shipping these items requires a license, permit, or other paperwork.

Make sure your listings and products follow these guidelines. If they don't, they may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

Though pets and most other live animals can't be listed, there are few types that you can sell. But before listing these items on eBay, sellers need to:
  • Get the necessary federal and state permits.

  • Guarantee that the animals will be shipped safely and sent by overnight shipping.

  • Include relevant information in both listings and products.

Allowed in some situations

  • Crickets, worms, or other herbivorous insects as long as they're intended to be used for bait or food for pets

  • Hatching eggs from some animals, including endangered or threatened species, migratory birds, snakes, or turtles

  • Shellfish, such as crabs and lobsters, to be used as food

  • Snails or slugs, but only those that are known as domestic aquatic snails and the following 5 types that you can eat (usually called escargot):

    • Helix aperta or Cantareus apertus (usually called burrowing snails)

    • Helix aspersa or Cryptomphalus aspersus (usually called small grey snails)

    • Helix pomatia (usually called apple snails, Burgundy snails, lunar snails, or Roman snails)

    • Otala lactea or Helix lactea (usually called milk snails, Spanish snails, or vineyard snails)

    • Otala vermiculata or Eobania vermiculata (usually called vinyala, mongeta, or xona)

  • Tropical fish. Be sure to check if permits are required.

Not allowed

  • Animals that aren't listed above, such as:

Allowed in some situations

  • Non-endangered or threatened animal pelt or skin. This includes things made from certain types of zebras and coyotes. When listing these items, be sure to:

    • Contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and file declarations on all non-domesticated animal products.

    • State the species in your listing and product description.

    • Follow applicable laws.

  • Listings and products for any part, pelt, or skin from an animal listed on CITES Appendix II cannot offer international shipping.

Not allowed

  • Any part, pelt, or skin from an endangered or threatened species or any species listed on CITES Appendix I. Examples include but are not limited to: elephants, rhinoceros and tigers.

  • The sale of pelts or items which include the fur from domesticated cats or dogs.

Most animal traps are okay to sell, although certain types are illegal. Here are some examples:

Allowed

  • Fish traps

  • Live traps

  • Mouse traps

  • Other humane traps

Not allowed

  • Bear traps (regardless of size)

eBay prohibits the sale of endangered plants globally. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) regulates the import, (re)export, sale or movement of endangered wild animals and plants. Appendices I, II and III to the Convention are lists of species afforded different levels or types of protection from over-exploitation (see How CITES works).

Allowed

  • Flora from non-endangered or threatened species may generally be listed on eBay if not in breach of local laws or eBay's Plants and seeds policy.

  • Artificially propagated plants.

 

Allowed in some situations

  • International trade in specimens of Appendix II species may be authorised if an export permit or re-export certificate is granted.

Examples: Cristobal, palisander, rosewood, sandalwood, fire corals, almost all orchids, caci.

Not allowed

Allowed in some situations

  • Hunting or fishing trips as long as sellers meet all of these requirements:

    • Sellers either need to provide the necessary licenses and permits for their buyers, or tell buyers to obtain them beforehand. You'll need to be clear about this information in your listing and product descriptions.

    • Follow local laws and regulations on hunting or fishing activities, including hunting in approved areas and weapon restrictions.

    • There can't be a guarantee of a successful hunt.

Not allowed

  • Canned hunts (usually involving fenced-in animals) aren’t allowed because they guarantee a successful hunt. We consider this a form of selling live animals, which is prohibited on eBay.

Though there a few exceptions, most ivory products can't be offered on eBay because of various international trade restrictions and treaties banning the sale of these items. You can find additional information about ivory laws below.

Allowed in some situations

  • Bone from non-ivory–producing animals (such as bison, buffalo, and oxen) as long as the species is clearly stated in the listing and product descriptions

  • Cultured, man-made, or vegetable ivory as long as the listing and product descriptions specify what the item is made of

  • Fossilized mammoth teeth or bone as long as they are listed in the Fossils category. Fossilized mammoth tusks are still prohibited.

Not allowed

  • Items made from ivory

  • Bone from animals that produce ivory, including elephants, walruses, and whales

  • Fossilized ivory or mammoth tusk

Allowed in some situations

  • Authentic Alaskan Native clothing or crafts made from marine mammals like sea otters or seals, although the items can't contain any ivory. Be sure to specify these details in your listing and product descriptions.

Not allowed

  • Items made from marine mammals regardless of when the product was made

Before selling certain types of stuffed birds, mounted birds, or other bird specimens, be sure to check if licenses or permits are required.

Allowed

  • Mounted Mallard ducks or other waterfowl that were captive-bred

  • Eggs, feathers, parts, or specimens from captive-bred game birds such as a grouse, pheasant, quail, or turkey

 

Not allowed

  • Migratory bird eggs, feathers, nests, parts, or specimens. Examples of birds include cranes, ducks, eagles, geese, hawks, hummingbirds, owls, shorebirds, seabirds, songbirds, and wading birds. See the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for a complete list of protected birds.

  • Native American items with feathers or other parts of protected birds.

Allowed in some situations

  • Manufactured turtle or tortoise shell products from non-endangered or threatened species. Be sure to specify the species in your listing and product descriptions.

  • Tortoise shell–colored items (such as combs, eyewear, handbags, jewelry pocket knives, and shoes) made of plastic or another man-made material. Be sure to specify what the item is made of in your listing and product descriptions.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Bear products such as rugs, as well as bear parts—including those from polar bears—such as claws, gall bladders, or teeth. Alaskan Native clothing or crafts with anything from a bear also can't be listed.

  • Animal organs, or animal corpses that contain organs

For more information on ivory and endangered animals, see the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) website and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) site.

We do what we can to protect endangered species. And we're also following laws, government regulations, and international treaties on animals and wildlife. Be sure to review our guidelines and follow applicable laws before listing these items.

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