In September 2021 Ethical Consumer searched the eBay website for an animal testing policy. Although the company was a platform rather than a direct retailer, it was expected to set rules for sellers regarding animal rights. Listings were found of cosmetics and personal care products, which was a sector in which animal testing was a prevalant issue.

No information about animal testing could be found. As a result eBay received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Animal Testing and lost a whole mark in this category.

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ebay website (21 August 2018)

In August 2021, Ethical Consumer viewed Ebay's website and found that some leather items were sold on the Ebay website, however, it was not considered to form a substantial part of its business. No leather policy could be found. Although the company was a platform rather than a direct retailer, it was expected to set rules for sellers regarding animal rights. The company lost half a mark under Ethical Consumer’s Animal Rights category.

The company did have a policy titled Animal products policy, which prohibited some items including ivory, and items made from certain species of animals.

Other animal products found for sale on its site included meat, fur, merino wool, angora, feather and silk. Overall the company lost marks under Animal Rights and Factory Farming.

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ebay website (21 August 2018)