It is not likely that a stuffed animal died of natural causes. Most of these animals were killed specifically for decorative reasons. An “ethical taxidermist” from Cleveland told the New York Times that the animals she uses, which are mostly small creatures such as rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and squirrels, “were not killed by art. They were purchased from a company called Rodent Pro and were “painlessly bred and euthanized to serve as food for reptiles and large cats.
Therefore, for those who are considering preserving their pets, the practice is not rare or tasteless. Ultimately, it depends on the owner and how they perceive the process and if they want to keep their pets with them. When I spoke to a taxidermist about choosing positions, it was incredible how they had to consider not only what was natural, but also what people would recognize as natural and why you would want to make a piece. While the traditional idea of the taxidermist was based on a hunter in a bloody apron fighting with a deer corpse or a pile of old, dusty feathers, the new face of taxidermy is ethical, sustainable and wears winged eyeliner.
I have also noticed that many people criticize me and other taxidermists for having taxidermy licenses, saying that it is “just an elegant role of the government. There are other taxidermists who work in the industry under the “ethical blanket” with very good intentions, but with a background in science, which means that sometimes their customers just don't understand big words and then get annoyed or angry. For many people, taxidermy is creepy and strange, more so, the practice of keeping stuffed pets that has seen a resurgence in popularity. Unfortunately, few museums now have taxidermists on staff and, in fact, many people who currently run museums were never raised in an area where wild animals were running around or even hunted.
I see these types of tags in the captions of the photos, in the biographies of the taxidermists website, and stamped on the top of the Instagram profiles of people who deal with dead animals in many ways. And it's not that there aren't people who would like to have human remains dissected or preserved in this way. The latest wave of taxidermists, or at least, their most visible practitioners, also strongly biases women, drawing on a Victorian tradition while branching out into new territory. I definitely agree with that, because without that animal, said taxidermist wouldn't have a topic to work on.
Finally, and I think this could be the most important thing even though it was overlooked, a handful of people mentioned that, as a self-proclaimed “ethical taxidermist”, it's important to always have respect for the animal. Some people are in favor of using only “leftovers” from agriculture, trapping, or hunters, and this idea has been strongly promoted by an organization called the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists. Someone who has spent hours perfecting her taxidermy craft is Divya Anantharaman, a professional taxidermist, cheerful goth and co-author of a new book, Stuffed Animals, which explores the methods, science and beautiful weirdness behind one of history's most misunderstood art forms. As artist, taxidermist and skeleton enthusiast Wilder Duncan explained: “Most licensed professional taxidermists are primarily concerned with recreating the illusion of natural life in their mounts, while rogue taxidermy is more often focused on a conceptual idea.
Responders were from all backgrounds, taxidermists and not, from a wide spectrum of cultures, men and women, of all ages. .
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