While Obama administration is turning its back on endangered species protection (read about its lifting of protection of grey wolves here), we’re getting a breath of fresh air from private companies making an ethical choice about their brands. Our favorite vintage and one of a kind-online store/procrastinating tool Etsy just announced that they will be banning the sale of products (vintage or new) made from endangered animals. (On an unrelated note, check out this Eco-friendly resin bangle on Etsy! Vegan and so pretty!)
Here is the complete list of animals covered by their new policy, which includes: Bear, cheetah, chimpanzee, chinchilla, cougar, eagle, elephant, gorilla, jaguar, leopard, rhinos, seal, sea lion, whale, and zebra.
Etsy will also prohibit any products made from ivory from elephants and whales, but they WILL be making an exception for those made by Native Americans in Alaska. Personally, I agree with this exception–as someone from the Pacific Northwest, I’m well aware that hunting whales for food has been a crucial part of Native American/Inuit culture for thousands of years. Native Americans use all the parts of the animal are used to provide shelter, clothing, food, and the artifacts made of ivory are an invaluable part of that heritage.
All in all, this is a major kudos for the Dumbo, Brooklyn-based company. A few months ago, I had bought a really regrettable bridesmaid dress on Etsy, and turned my back on the website–but this news is enough to get me crawling back for more bejeweled headbands and vintage costume jewelry. Just be careful not to buy any dresses that are just $66 but are “custom-made”–I’m looking at you, Bing Bridal.