In restricted cases, some stuffed birds and the pelts and skins of some animals are permitted. Sellers who wish to list these items should review the specific rules in the “Some Examples” section below to ensure their listings comply with eBay policy. We also encourage members to educate themselves on the laws governing the regulation of the sale of animals found in the Additional Information section.
- Live animals - Live animals and pets are not allowed to be listed on eBay.
- Stuffed Birds - Stuffed native or migratory birds and such other protected species, any part of any native or migratory bird or protected species, or any native or migratory bird or other protected species nest or egg may not be listed on eBay.
- Stuffed non-native, non-migratory birds, or parts of such birds may be listed on eBay if not in violation of the sellers' specific local laws.
- Animal Pelts - Animal parts, including pelts from endangered species may not be listed on eBay. Animal pelts from non-endangered species may generally be listed on eBay, if not in violation of the seller's specific local laws.
- Other Animal Products - Endangered or protected species, alive or dead, or any parts, products or derivatives of any endangered or protected species may not be listed on eBay. Wildlife parts and related products include ivory, skin, horn, bone, shell, scale, tooth, trophy, skeleton, egg, meat, musk, gall bladder, medicinal products containing endangered species (e.g. rhinoceros horn, tiger bone, musk, etc), wildlife souvenirs, wood chips, roots, bulbs, seedlings and many others.
See National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992 (Republic Act No. 7586), the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 (Republic Act No. 8550) and Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act (Republic Act No. 9147). Also see CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) at http://www.cites.org/ - opens in new window or tab
- Bear Products - Bears and bear products (eg: bear teeth, claws and rugs) may not be listed on eBay.
- Rhino horns - Rhino horns and rhino horn products may not be listed on eBay.
- Ivory - Ivory and ivory products may not be listed on eBay.
- Internal organs - Internal organs of animals (eg: bear gall bladders) may not be listed on eBay.
- Skins, hides and rugs - Generally such items may be listed on eBay, subject to the above limitations.
- Products made from "tortoise shell" or other turtle products - There are a number of items that have been made, both lawfully and unlawfully, from the shell of the hawksbill turtle, a sea turtle that is now an endangered species protected by international law.
eBay will not permit the sale of any item made, in whole or part, from any part of a sea turtle. This includes items such as guitar picks, jewellery, jewellery boxes, hair combs, and other products made from the shell of the hawksbill turtle. Items that appear from the listing to be made from "genuine" tortoise shell are not permitted. eBay realises that users commonly use the phrase "tortoise shell" to describe items that have a particular design resembling a tortoise shell, and that many "tortoise shell" products are actually made out of plastic, glass or a composite material. These items are permitted on eBay. However, to avoid confusion, listings of such "faux" tortoise shell items should clearly state that the item is not made of "genuine" tortoise shell.
- Marine Mammals - Marine mammal products, including but not limited to Polar Bear, Sea Otter, Whales and Orca (Baleen & Ivory), Porpoise, Dolphins, Seals, generally may not be listed for sale.
For additional specific questions on endangered species, or other questionable items in this area, please visit the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau - opens in new window or tab and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - opens in new window or tab Web sites.
CITES: The Convention and International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement which seeks to ensure that trade does not threaten wildlife species with extinction. CITES regulates international trade in certain highly endangered or threatened species of live animals and plants, and their parts and derivatives.
- Permits are required for any consignments to leave or enter a country, and member countries restrict international trade in species listed in Appendix I and by regulating and monitoring trade in others included in Appendix II and III that might become endangered (see CITES species)
- The Philippines ratified the signatory to CITES on August 1981 and the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources are the Management Authorities responsible for the implementation and enforcement of CITES in the Philippines. For further information on CITES, please visit the CITES Web site at http://www.cites.org - opens in new window or tab.
Why does eBay have this policy?
eBay urges its sellers and buyers to comply with all governmental laws and regulations. Since the sale of live animals and wildlife products is in some cases prohibited, highly regulated, or may cause harm to eBay or its members, sellers are restricted in their listing of them on eBay.
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.