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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.

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 shipping these items requires a licence, permit, or other paperwork.

What is the policy?

  • The following wildlife products are not allowed: 
  • When listing items using animal parts, you must state the species of the non-endangered or non-threatened animal and follow these guidelines:

    • No animal or part of an animal of a species listed in Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, or the Schedules to the Wildlife Acts 1976-2000, may be listed on eBay unless the seller can produce documentary evidence confirming that they have not been taken from the wild illegally
    • No animal or part of an animal of a species listed on Annex A of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations may be sold on eBay unless accompanied by an Article 10 certificate as issued by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), or the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
  • International shipping of animal products must follow all country laws 

Additional Information

Sales abroad

Export restrictions apply to items made from, or containing, the parts of species listed on Annex A or B of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. Any such item which is sent to a buyer outside the EU must be accompanied by an export permit as issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), or the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Certificates and permits

Applications for Article 10 certificates should be submitted to Defra, or the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Export permits can also be obtained from Defra. Read more about information on licensing and application forms Article 10 certificates and export permits.

Please state in your item listing whether you are in possession of an Article 10 certificate if it is required. Find out more about Ireland's licensing and permit rules.

Labelling requirements

If you are listing products that contain parts of animal origin, please ensure you follow EU regulations on the labelling or marking of such products. Please see EU Regulation No 1007/2011, including Article 12, for more information.

Activity that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or cancelling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.

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Visit Seller Help 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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