This might be a bit heavier or more morbid than usual, but it’s an interesting topic I wanted to cover.
In this article, I’ll discuss taxidermy, vulture culture, animal accessories, and show some examples. If you are triggered by skeletons or dead animals, your discretion is advised.
Vulture Culture is an internet community of people who find animal corpses, clean them, and repurpose them. They do not kill animals themselves; that’s where the “vulture” part comes in. People in this community typically collect bones and occasionaly make crafts and jewelry out of them. Taxidermy is related to Vulture Culture because, well, wouldn’t you want to stuff a badger corpse you found if the fur was relatively nice?
Taxidermy is “the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals with lifelike effect” (the dictionary definition).
You’ve probably heard of it or seen it at some point. They’ll often sell stuffed quails or other birds at antique stores, and who can forget those creepy “trophy” heads hunters display on their wall?
Anyways, it’s time to get into what I think about all this.
What I Think
There is nothing inherently wrong in being interested in animal anatomies. I think skeletons and skins are cool! But the problem comes from killing the animal just to “rebirth” it. In my opinion, hunting for sport is disgusting, and if you’re only killing tigers so you can have a cool tiger head decoration you’re scum.
Except many of these people don’t do that. They either take remains from an animal killed for food (ex: wild rabbits or geese) or come across the corpses naturally. On top of that, I know a large portion of individuals respect the passing of the animal and honour its life with art. That I can get behind.
What about wearing animals as accessories? I have mixed feelings on this one. On one hand, it’s extremely cool. Imagine a bird skull pendant or teeth rings! On the other hand, way too many animals are killed to make fur coats and scaly shoes, and using actual death as a fashion statement gives me weird vibes. However, it comes down once again to sustainability and humanity. Should animals be killed for clothes? No. But is it alright to make animals into clothes (or accesories) if they die naturally? Yes.
Taxidermy is cool, and most definitely an art. As long as the animal isn’t killed just for the project and its spirit is respected, I’m totally fine with it! Feel free to share your own opinions below. And as always cowboys, hope you enjoyed!