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Animals and Animal Products

The content below is for guidance only. Amazon reserves the right to remove any listing it considers to be inappropriate for sale for any reason.

Examples of Permitted Listings

Reminder: all listings and products must comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

  • Non-endangered animals prepared as food, provided that the product is compliant with food regulations, see Restricted Products: Food & Beverages
  • Electronic rat traps
  • DIY pet microchip kits
  • Live shellfish, worms and insects, provided that the product is compliant with animal protection laws
  • Ladybird larvae provided that they are a native breed and not the Harlequin breed

Examples of Prohibited Listings

  • Live animals subject to the exceptions above
  • Real fur, or products containing real fur, of any animal, whether from farmed or wild animals
  • Cockfighting “slasher” knives
  • Prong collars and any other collars that have inward-facing spikes
  • Glue traps for vertebrates
  • Cat traps and other traps claiming that they can be used for trapping cats
  • Mink oil produced in the UK
  • Wildlife items such as wild bird eggs and other items as indicated in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
  • Products promoting or media containing animal abuse
  • Electrostatic dog collars, including both training and containment systems
  • Parts, products or ingredients from or containing:
    • baby harp seal and hooded seal skins
    • seals or other pinnipeds (sea-lions and walruses)
    • cats or dogs
    • endangered or threatened species, such as alligators, caimans, crocodiles, elephants (including elephant ivory), kangaroos, mountain lions, coral, sea turtles (including their shells), snakes and most reptile skins
    • shark, whale, dolphin or porpoise
    • untanned animal hides and skins (either with or without hair/fur)

This includes skin, leather, fur or feathers.

How to identify fake fur from animal fur

If you list fake fur-trimmed products, check that the material is actually fake. The three tests below will help you determine whether fur is real or fake. This guide is not intended as a substitute for professional testing by experts in order to comply with applicable laws or for other reasons.

  1. Check the base of the fur for skin or fabric. Push apart the fur and look at the material at the base of the hairs. If the base material is not visible or otherwise still unclear, and you own the garment, break the stitching and look at the non-hair side of the fur base, being sure to peel away all layers of lining.
    • ANIMAL FUR: The surest sign of animal fur is leather/skin (usually white or tan, but possibly the colour of the fur if it has been dyed).
    • FAKE FUR: The surest sign of fake fur is seeing the threadwork backing from which the “hairs” emerge.
  2. Check the tips of the hairs for tapering. Both animal fur and fake fur come in many different colors and lengths. However, if animal fur has not been sheared or cut to a uniform length or had the guard hairs plucked out, you may be able to examine the tips of the longest hairs and see that they taper into a fine point, like a cat's whisker or sewing needle. Good lighting and a magnifying glass are helpful, as is holding the hairs up against a white surface.
  3. The Burn Test. Fake fur made from acrylic or polyester, the two most commonly used synthetics, smells like molten plastic. Carefully remove just a few hairs and then, holding them with tweezers above a dish or other non-flammable surface, ignite them with a cigarette lighter. Make sure to burn them away from the original garment and anything else flammable. Never conduct the burn test on hairs still attached to the garment. Only adults should conduct the burn test.

Please note: Sellers who list prohibited items can have their selling permissions removed, either temporarily or permanently.

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