Overstock.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: OSTK) recently announced that it will no longer sell products made from exotic skins.
According to company officials, the Salt Lake City-based online retailer "has removed from its site all apparel and accessory products which feature exotic animal skins, including snake, alligator, crocodile, lizard, ostrich, stingray, eel, shark or kangaroo and will no longer sell such products." "Some processors of these skins use inhumane methods and, while I understand that not all processors employ these methods, we are removing these products from our website and committing not to sell them in the future," said Overstock.com Chairman and CEO Patrick Byrne. "I want to thank PETA for informing us of these issues and presenting us with evidence that factored into our decision."
Overstock.com made a similar move for the same reason in 2008 by banning the sale of apparel and accessory products made from fur. Overstock.com has also banned the sale of ivory products.