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Animals and wildlife products policy

If you intend to sell on one or more of eBay's international sites, you will need to accept, and we encourage you to carefully review, the User Agreement, policies, and other requirements of that site. You can continue to reach out to the relevant customer service teams on the respective eBay site of your listing or transaction, as may be applicable to the nature of your query.


Policy overview

You are not permitted to list or sell any living, dead creatures, animals and/or the whole or any part of any animal which has been kept or preserved by any means whether artificial or natural including rugs, skins, specimens of animals, antlers, horns, hair, feathers, nails, teeth, musk, eggs, nests, other animal products of any description the sale and purchase of which is prevented or restricted in any manner by applicable laws (including those prohibited under The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972).

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?



  • Man-made resin, or vegetable ivory as long as the listing description specifies what the item is made of.

  • 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 description.

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

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Live animals and pets

  • Internal organs of animals

  • Pelts and skins from endangered species (such as leopards, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars, sable antelopes, mountain zebras and Hartmann mountain zebras)

  • Any part of any native or migratory bird or protected species, nest or egg (for example ducks, hawks, crows, ravens, owls and geese)

  • Ivory

  • Items made from marine mammals (i.e. polar bear, sea otter, whale, porpoise, dolphin, seal) regardless of when the product was made

  • Bears and bear products (for example, bear teeth, claws, and rugs)

  • Fossilized mammoth tusk

For more information you may refer to The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.



The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972

The Act provides for the protection of Wild animals, birds and plants and for matters connected therewith or ancillary or incidental thereto. It extends to the whole of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • "animal" includes amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles, and their young, and also includes, in the cases of birds and reptiles, their eggs,

  • "animal article" means an article made from any captive animal or wild animal, other than vermin, and includes an article or object in which the whole or any part of such animal has been used and ivory imported into India and an article made therefrom.

  • "hunting", includes,

    • capturing, killing, poisoning, snaring, and trapping or any wild animal and every attempt to do so,

    • driving any wild animal for any of purposes specified in sub clause

    • injuring or destroying or taking any part of the body of any such animal, or in the case of wild birds or reptiles, damaging the eggs of such birds or reptiles, or disturbing the eggs or nests of such birds or reptiles;

  • "taxidermy", with its grammatical variations and cognate expressions, means the curing, preparation or preservation of trophies;

  • "trophy" means the whole or any part of any captive animal or wild animal, other than vermin, which has been kept or preserved by any means, whether artificial or natural, and includes,

    • rugs, skins, and specimens of such animals mounted in whole or in part through a process of taxidermy, and

    • antler, horn, rhinoceros horn, feather, nail, tooth, musk, eggs, and nests;

  • "uncured trophy" means the whole or any part of any captive animal, other than vermin, which has not undergone a process of taxidermy, and includes a [freshly killed wild animal ambergris, musk and other animal products];

  • "vermin" means any wild animal specified in Sch.V

  • "wildlife" includes any animal, bees butterflies, crustacean, fish and moths; and aquatic or land vegetation which forms part of any habitat


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.

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