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Have you seen the mouse brooches?

Dear Lord that website is fun isn't it?? *sarcasm*
 

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Haha! They're no different than wearing leather or wool, really, except that it's more of the animal instead of just one or two parts.

Rhasputin does taxidermy.
 

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I dont think theres anything wrong with it if its done with class, but not if your going to do crazy things with the animals.
 

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I quite like the clockwork Rat... and there is a few rabbits ones on there that are quite pretty!

But brooches and hair clips with mice on? Umm... NO
 

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I don't understand why somebody would react so negatively. Would you wear a brooch or a hair clip with feathers, or with a leather tie holding pieces of it together? Or pearls? Or jewelry carved from bone? It's all the same.

There was a woman a few years ago who made an ornate necklace out of rats' tails. It was really beautiful.
 

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I think it's creepy, sure I'd wear leather and wool and what not, but I wouldn't like to have a dead mouse sitting on my head or sitting in my living room staring at me.
I think comparing it to leather is a completely different thing personally
 

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How so?

You wouldn't be wearing a dead mouse. You'd be wearing parts of it, just like with leather or a fur hat. Most of the mouse is gone. Even the eyes are not real, so you're just wearing skin and hair, basically. After all, that's what all leather and fur are: skin and hair. :p
 

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I like taxidermy, and I'm really into skulls and things made from bones, but the mouse and rat examples on that website are rather poor. They really look dead, like they'd just been found in the airing cupboard. I appreciate they must be very difficult to do, but they look pretty ugly.

I don't see taxidermy (or wearing fur) as any different from leather, the difference for me is how the material is gained - to me trapping wild animals for their fur and causing them to chew their own limbs off in desperation is wildly different to farming chinchillas, mink or cattle.

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SarahY said:
They really look dead, like they'd just been found in the airing cupboard.
The artist said she uses rodents meant as reptile food, presumably pre-killed. So I imagine that's why they look like they do. To be so dead, they have a playful quality about them, don't you think? :p
 

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Haha. I have preserved mice in jars on my entertainment center.
As well as some freezedried mice here and there. I have one brown mouse, fully freezedried, that is in a flying pose, and has a set of zebra finch wings attached! :lol:

I think there's nothing wrong with any of it. As long as you don't go around bashing animals in the head just to wear them, or decorate your living room with them. :p
Like if you kill a deer, eat all of the meat (not just the tenderloins, people), save or eat many of the organs, and save or sell the hide for leather / taxidermy.

Sarah - You'll be surprised to know that farming mink is much more dispicable than trapping them. Mink are usually caught in live box traps, or quick kill traps. Mink in farms, are usually raised in the absolute minimum space, with minimum food, and absolutely no care when killing.

Trappers are much more skilled, than farmers, and are much more delicate that the farmers because they know that their animals can be worth more, when better cared for. The farms just want to send out as many as possible. :p
Which is why many are shut down here in the US, and others go into hiding, because they just treat the animals so terribly.
 

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awh whit i just wrote a comment and it never turned up and now i have to rethink what i wrote :(

I don't know why I think it's so different, I'm really easily creeped out, if I'm told a spooky story intedended for kids chances are I'm sleeping with the lights on lol.
I like taxidermy when it's being used for educational purposes and put in museums, but like I said I'm easily creeped out and if I had any taxidermied (is that the right term? :p) animal in my house I would be terrified of it.
I think the difference with leather and feathers and stuff is that you don't really realise where it's all come from.
 

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Rhasputin said:
Jack Garcia said:
Rhasputin said:
decorate your living room with them. :p
I know many people who decorate their whole houses with taxidermied animals!
Jack, when you die, can I stuff you and decorate my living room with you? :)
Haha! I don't know what I want to do with my body when I die. But I think it's illegal to taxidermy humans for the purposes of display, right? There was a taxidermied human called the ***** of Banyoles ("*****" means "dark" or "black" in Spanish and isn't a racist term) which caused a lot of controversy and was buried recently. There are a few Spanish language articles I've seen floating around the Internet but no English ones and few pictures.
 

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Jodiee182_x said:
I think the difference with leather and feathers and stuff is that you don't really realise where it's all come from.
I realize it. :p

That's why I don't wear or eat any of it (although I do own a feather duster made from ostrich). A cow is philosophically the same as a rabbit or a cat or a poodle.

The thought that, "Eww! Dead mouse parts are creepy but dead cow parts aren't," is very often a culturally-engrained, accepted-on-faith view which hasn't been thought through to its logical conclusions, I think. I try to aim for intellectual consistency: either making use of (and potentially wearing) all dead animals, or accepting and making use of none. I can't arbitrarily pick and choose which animals are ok and which ones aren't without somehow seeming inconsistent to myself.

I don't mean to sound judgmental of any particular person--it's just that the reasons (or lack of reasons) that people have for this sort of thing has always fascinated me. Ever since I was young, I've wondered how is a dog philosophically different from a cow, or a mouse different from a chicken, and so forth. This especially applies (and gets interesting reactions!) to the field of taxidermy.
 

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I don't cause (as stupid as i may sound here) it's not in the form of a cow, it's in the form of a handbag or a jacket, and thats exactly what it is to me.
I don't wear leather, but haven't done any research on how its made so I don't wear it just on hearsay that it's not the most pleasant thing for cows.

You don't sound judgemental, I totally see where yer comin from so feel free to ask as many questions as you like :D hahaha
 
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