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Hey folks! In case you haven't already heard, Etsy had been trying to ban certain taxidermy items from appearing in search results by claiming that they fall under the category for "mature" content. The taxidermy community has endlessly been discriminated against by Etsy staff, and groups formed on Etsy to support the community have even been disbanded without justification. Please sign the petition and urge Etsy to instate a different means of 'censorship': www.change.org/petitions/etsy-…

You can also send Etsy HQ the following email to offer a suggestion as to what can be done as an alternative to censoring the taxidermy community: 

We in the taxidermy community - sellers, buyers, and supporters alike - are perfectly aware that many people are not comfortable with seeing dead animals, regardless of the mediums in which they are depicted and/or preserved.

We therefore wish for Etsy to simply instate a system for it’s viewers which plainly omits items tagged with “taxidermy” or “wet specimen” from those viewers’ search results.

This system would be akin to Tumblr’s ‘Savior’ plug-in, which simply hides posts that contain tags which the Savior user has selected to be blocked, effectively making Tumblr a safer and kinder place for the viewer while still allowing its users to freely post what they please without having to censor their works. 

On Etsy, this platform would be far better than forcing artists to censor their perfectly harmless creations, and would allow visitors to your site a much friendlier and worry-free experience tailored perfectly to their own comfort levels and needs, with applications far outreaching the taxidermy community alone. 

A feature like this would allow people with PTSD, depression, and other mental conditions to omit triggering material from their searches, or people with certain phobias to avoid content which may feature the subject of their fears. 

The taxidermy community is, and always has been, willing to work hand-in-hand with Etsy’s policy-makers to create a selling platform which is friendly for both sellers and buyers alike, but have felt continually ignored. This time, we’d like to work with you to ensure that Etsy remains a welcoming environment for taxidermists and supporters, and, hopefully, to make Etsy a better place for everyone. 

Thank you,
(Your Name Here)

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badassbonestaxidermy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have shared this on my DA, personal Facebook, business Facebook, Twitter, and in all of the taxidermy groups I am a part of on Facebook. I've also signed and emailed Etsy. I will SURELY NOT support Etsy any longer if they go through with this. It would also greatly hurt my business and I would find myself renewing listings far too much anyway.
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Rilig Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Got a generic reply to the email:

Hello,

Thank you for sending us your idea to improve Etsy. We love hearing suggestions from the Etsy community. We'll keep your comments in mind as we plan for future improvements to the site.

Best,
Susannah
Etsy Marketplace Integrity
www.etsy.com/guidelines

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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Same response they sent me. :/
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FrontierFurs Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I signed it for you, although I personally no longer use Etsy because there were several things about the company's practices that I simply do not like. Including the fact that they make you pay to list items even if they do not sell, AND your listings expire after some point, making these unsold items it a total waste of money. Even though the amounts paid are small, they all add up after a while and to me it simply is not worth it. I've had much better luck selling here on DA, and through Ebay (which only has a small fee IF the item sells) and I've even gotten lots of commissions through Facebook without issue. I also sell at many local events and festivals throughout the year. So I've had absolutely no need for Etsy, myself.
But I really do wish you all the best of luck in getting through to them, and hopefully they'll come to their senses at some point!
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Nimgaraf Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014   Artist
Signed it.
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Lyrak Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay and it looks like Etsy has already made their response before giving a shit about the petition: www.change.org/petitions/etsy-…
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, they sent me an email, as well. Apparently, they're not really talking to anyone else in the taxidermy community right now; only me for some reason, and they are certainly taking their sweet, sweet time about it. I understand that Etsy is a big site, but this is just absurd. I shouldn't have to play the middle-man. They should just open a discussion for this and listen when told that their plans are not working. 
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Lyrak Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm waiting for the day someone makes a site specifically for the taxi crowd. I feel like we need one.
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Rilig Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Where do I sent the email? I can't seem to find an address.
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can send it to integrity@etsy.com
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