It’s right there in fine print: “No human remains or body parts (excluding hair and teeth).”
This month the community sale site Etsy changed its sales policy and banned human skulls, bones, skeletons, organs and bodily fluids. That means, right up until an August 8 policy change, you could have bought and sold all that and more on the site.
Looks like people have to look elsewhere for blood and bones.
But fret not, fetishists. Hair and teeth are still acceptable trade goods on Etsy. Why, exactly?
In a recent blog post, Etsy cited a desire to maintain a safe community. Etsy wouldn’t comment for this story, but the posts says the change was made to reflect the perspective of Etsy’s shoppers and the company itself. Hmm. Does this mean people weren’t buying the human skulls anymore, or maybe there was some kind of legal crackdown we’re not aware of. In addition to the body part ban, the site also just cracked down on the sale of crack pipes – good job! Maybe the site’s management felt like it was time to cleanse body and soul?
Etsy’s staff is contacting violators and explaining the rule changes in an effort to shut down human body part traffickers. The site is also asking members to contact Etsy if they find banned items (which also include firearms and smoking products.)
All the same, Etsy isn’t going after purveyors of animal parts, such as a preserved doe deer heart on sale for $75. Yup, a deer heart in a jar for less than a hundred bucks. What a steal!