As I said earlier, one of the best things about Etsy is our community. This is what makes us different from any other online marketplace. We place a great deal of trust in our community, and we are proud of you, not only for the thoughtful discussion happening in this thread, but because you already have good values and good judgment, and for the most part, Etsy sellers have already taken great responsibility in making sure that their items are not only compliant with the law, but often times are also locally sourced and sustainable. It is never easy to make these kinds of policy changes, and we have taken great care in trying to create a bright-line rule for you, so that you know exactly where you stand with us, because we respect you, and we would not be here without you.
This is the marketplace that we create together, and that includes our policy decisions. When I said that we can discuss these things and help each other understand policy changes, I also meant that we at Etsy can learn from you, our community. No matter how much research and thought and discussion goes into a change like this, it is impossible to predict and prepare for every nuance of enforcement.
Because our policy changes were informed by the Endangered Species Act, we made an exception that is contained in the Endangered Species Act for Native Alaskans. Although the exception in the Endangered Species Act only applies to Native Alaskans, Etsy certainly recognizes the value of preservation of all Native American cultures. For this reason, we ask that you be patient with us while we learn from you, and learn from experts on this topic about what would be best for our community. If you are Native American and your shop has been affected by this policy change, please write to us at email@example.com, and we will figure out a solution together while we do more research on this topic.