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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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:iconbadassbonestaxidermy:
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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:iconnaturepunk:
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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:iconlyrak:
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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:iconnaturepunk:
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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:iconlyrak:
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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:iconrilig:
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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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can send it to integrity@etsy.com
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:iconrilig:
Rilig Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Thank you. Sent!
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LadyCanislupus Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Wow, I did not know of this, know wonder my search results seemed off all last night I was browsing Etsy. I don't normally browse the wesbite, so, I natrually thought the tagging system was weird.
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Das-Mimi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
I've heard it was another PETA or 'PETA-like' complaint. Pure idiocy. If they think that should be censored then so should nudity! Or racial profiling! Or curse words! You can't censor one part of art and call yourself an art website.
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MeowHype Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I reposted this, hope thats ok. In a few different places.
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, Thank you! Spread this like wildfire. 
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StanHoneyThief Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow didnīt know that yet, but I also sell on etsy.
I signed it and I hope that we get enough people/signs to get it not be censored or banned which would be awful.
In fact, only adult people have to right to create a business account to shop somewhere right? I know that from ebay that the people must e 18 or older, because they need to give their bank account numbers and with buying stuff you do make an agreement with the seller. So if etsy works similar (I am not familar with their laws or American laws about the maturity and buying things on the internet and agreements) then etsy would make their page a whole lot immature with banning mature stuff from a business site.
Etsy is not a kindergarten or kid's page, it is an artis-seller site where mature people try to earn money with crafts and arts.
If kids want to sell their crafts, they must ask their parents to put it on there.
It is pathetic that something like this is not a debate, it really shouldnīt be.
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gooey-dog Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I don't shop on etsy, but as a fan of taxidermy I really understand your plight. It seems that people have this narrow minded idea that taxidermy is something barbaric, which is completely unwarranted. It's the art of taking an animal product that normally would be wasted, and turning it into something beautiful and often times functional. 

Signed!
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StrawberrySquidd Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's absolutely ridiculous and simply spiteful that Etsy would ignore such a reasonable, and at that beneficial and ease-bringing alternative. Even aside from the much larger issues of tagging triggers and the like, think of how advantageous being able to blacklist and whitelist tags would be to Etsy as a whole! much easier, much SAFER browsing, no clutter, no triggers, etc.

And ughGHG literally WHAT do animal "rights" activists think they're accomplishing with this kind of crap? The animals are not only dead, but I have not seen a SINGLE illegal or unethically sourced taxidermy piece on Etsy. Afterall, many, if not most, come from animals that were hunted or butchered for meat anyway! We're keeping their parts from going to waste! If anything at all, you'd think people who claim to care for animals so much would be happy to see that they aren't left to rot when their time has come to an end.

I feel like they're the ones who bring about the belief that taxidermists kill and preserve for fun, rather than our actual continuing to love an animal and see beauty in it even after death. Not to mention some of it is an actual pat of MANY different religions-- who're they to tell people they can't partake in harmless and completely ethical collections and hobbies?

Maybe this is some stuff to include in my letter to HQ.

Will sign and share!
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InNaturesImage Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What is the point of banning the sale of taxidermy anyhow? What exactly does that do for anyone? Etsy is just allowing things to be blown out of proportion.
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Agreed. Apparently, the petition to have wet specimens banned altogether was spearheaded by an animals rights group. So that says a lot. 
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InNaturesImage Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I wouldn't put it beside anyone but some sort of animal rights group to try and ban the sale of taxidermy goods. They sell well on Etsy and have positive customer reports, so for someone else to deprive those people of that right to buy and sell because of their own beliefs is nutty and silly.
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I agree. But unfortunately, logic is often clouded by emotion when it comes to taxidermy, fur, and pelts. 
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InNaturesImage Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very very true.
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faelab Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Signed. 
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EcferusAnima Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Signed right away.
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Tuishimi Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I signed this.  I think this is a reasonable request from the taxidermy community.
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KV-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Signed!
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ShamanicTaxidermyArt Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think this problems will continue until taxidermy as a whole will be forbidden.
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:iconlyrak:
Lyrak Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If it does, Etsy will lose a big chunk of their user base, I think. One would hope they would take that into consideration.

I'm to the point where if I have to remove any more of my items, I'll remove them all and uproot to another site. :\ I already have to try and remember not to use any of my bear or lunx fur in anything from now on because I haven't yet found another good seller platform to move to that has as large a userbase as Etsy.
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ShamanicTaxidermyArt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think the problem is that there isn't any good platform for taxidermy.
Years ago all started with eBay and then they banned taxidermy in many cases and Etsy is a very good alternative for self-made crafts but it seems that there happens the same now because too many degenerated people who can't understand taxidermy make trouble about that.

The thing I hate about Etsy is that many sellers only accept credit cards. I wish to buy a mineral specimen for my collection (so no item that is troublesome or forbidden at all) but I can't buy it because I don't own a credit card and I can't find anybody who can order it for me after I gave him or her the money. I am from Germany and here credit cards are very unusal. Unfortunately the seller won't accept paypal. That's so frustrating! :-(

By the way, you do interesting taxidermy crafts. I already had a look at your gallery and I like it.
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:iconlyrak:
Lyrak Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think some people moved away from paypal because there were people having trouble with paypal holding people's money for weird reasons, so there is some mistrust for paypal now. :(

And... thank you. :)
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:iconshamanictaxidermyart:
ShamanicTaxidermyArt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am just a bit angry that the seller not even answered to me. This is impolite and he or she doesn't seem to be interested in selling. I myself never would have behaved like that but  I would have shortly answered and explained - like you did it.
But we drift away from the basic discussion, sorry.
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:iconlyrak:
Lyrak Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah it's okay. I wander off topic all the time myself. :)
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'd like to hope it doesn't come to this. That's exactly why it's so important to fight against the little changes - like this one - while they're still "little". We need to show Etsy that we won't stand for this kind of discrimination. 
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:iconshamanictaxidermyart:
ShamanicTaxidermyArt Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, you're right.
But nevertheless it is very difficult regarding to the way people think and behave today to legitimate what we do.

Another question: We talked about "blind eyes" a few weeks ago. You said you could get some for me. How shall we continue? Do you want me to send money for them so you can purchase them for me?
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good points. 

And yes! I'm actually going to the rock and gem show today to find some more material for unique eyes. I'll be on the lookout for some good blind eyes for you! 
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ShamanicTaxidermyArt Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh great, thanks.

Let's keep in touch... I'm here. :-)
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Wolf-Reaper Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Signed it, sent in to Etsy, and sharing on FB.
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TB-Samurai Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have signed it.
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Shinedriger Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Man, someone needs to make a nice, streamlined site just for taxidermy and/or curiosities.
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I thought about that. Wish it were something within my power to do, but I don't know the first thing about creating a selling platform from scratch on an independent website. 
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Shinedriger Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Heh, neither do I, but it's a nice dream. Maybe one day. Etsy is getting ridiculous.
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FoxxyTheAnarchist Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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