ethical-taxidermy

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Unique jewelry and art for unique personalities….life after death; gilded immortality.

Every piece is handmade with accents of real gold, silver and semiprecious stones. Specimens are salvaged from naturally deceased wild animals…these lives are ended only by nature, never man. All taxidermy work is done by the artist with the use of captive dermestid beetles and other environment-safe methods. Custom requests are always considered, and no two pieces are alike.

Etsy shop: Silver Skull Creations

No Etsy account? No problem! Email TheSilverCaribou@aol.com or send a private message to http://raintulgey.tumblr.com/ to arrange a private sale. Paypal, checks, money orders all accepted. USA sales only due to wildlife laws.

mickeyalicekwapis.com
"ETHICAL" TAXIDERMY - A (REALLY LONG) DISCUSSION
“Ethical taxidermy” “Ethically sourced” “All work is ethical” I see these types of labels in the captions of photos, in the website biographies of taxidermists, and stamped across the tops of the Instagram profiles of people who deal with dead animals in many senses. Taxidermy, bones, wet specimens, and other animal products are becoming increasingly trendy. Everywhere you look, from your favorite bar to popular blogs to Pinterest boards, there are dead animal products. Taxidermy is also a somewhat sensitive topic due to the fact that taxidermists obviously deal with dead animals, so labels have been invented to describe the acquisition of specimens in order to make buyers feel better about their purchases. When I was first starting out I used this label myself, until I realized that its implications didn't quite make sense. The problem with labels like “ethical” is that there is no authority in place to hold taxidermists accountable for moral conduct. There is a broad range of opinions on what constitutes “ethical taxidermy” and what doesn’t. I have my own opinions, as someone who has been a part of this industry for a handful of years, and I will share it further down the line - but I wanted to see what other people thought. I put an open call for opinions on my Instagram account and on my Facebook page. The people who responded were from all kinds of backgrounds, taxidermists and not, from a broad spectrum of cultures, male and female, of all ages. The common factor is that they all have an interest in taxidermy, which means that they all had an interpretation of what “ethical” taxidermy means to them. So - what does the phrase “ethical taxidermy” imply, exactly?

So this is Mickey! She is a licensed and professionally trained taxidermist who travels internationally to teach affordable and professional taxidermy classes! All of her specimens are legally and ethically obtained (which you can read more about here) and she has classes scheduled all over the world!

She’ll be in Boston in March and my roommate Mal and I have already signed up! Head over to her site to see if your city has a class scheduled already, and if not, get some people together and tell her you want a class where you are!

Mickey Alice Kwapis 

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Mousequerade, Camden May 2015

Mousequerade is a store in London that only sells cruelty free ethical taxidermy. When I was strolling around Camden admiring all the pretty gothy clothing I would never expect to find this amazing store.

I love oddities and taxidermy, but Im also a vegetarian and I love animals - I despise anyone that builds their odditty collection at the cost of animal suffering.  Mousequerade it’s the perfect place to buy your taxidermy if you feel the same way. You can feel the love that was put on all those beautiful furry creatures - and of course I had to bring a little mouse with me, her name is Charity Hope <3

You can check the store’s website here http://www.mousquerade.co.uk/

At the moment they don’t have an online store, but I spoke with the owner and she said she’s working on it! Unfortunately I don’t think they’ll be able to ship outside the E.U.

I am an animal lover, a sometimes pet owner, and an environmentalist dedicated to protecting wildlife and their habitats. I am also an omnivore, a hide and bone artist, and engaged in a fierce war with the ants that get into my apartment. A large portion of my spiritual path involves animal totems, and every day I consume some portion of their physical counterparts, whether in food or medicine or other products.

I’ve also spent years detangling the inherent contradictions in these relationships to my fellow animals. I’ve toured the free range ranch where I get a lot of my meat, and I’ve watched the (probably staged) videos put out by animal rights groups on fur farming. I periodically assess my personal ethics with regards to the animal remains I incorporate into my artwork, and I research environmental groups and their track records before donating a portion of the money made from that art to them. I’ve played with baby teacup pigs, and then gone home and eaten bacon, and considered how the life of one pig was different from another. In short, I’ve done a lot of thinking about the animals in my life.

So has Hal Herzog, anthrozoologist and the author of the 2010 title Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat. The cover features three common animals in the American landscape to go with the tripartite title: a puppy, a rat, and a pig. The opening question, then, even before you open the book, is why do we eat pigs and not dogs, why do only a few of us keep pigs and rats as pests, and why do we become incensed about some people in Asia eating dogs specifically bred for meat while ignoring the plight of pigs in factory farm conditions?

Read the rest here.

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Stunning 10 point whitetail buck skull, undamaged and *perfect* with no missing or cracked teeth. He has been airbrushed a deep, rich metallic copper with hints of blended brushed gold and dark bronze that reflect light to a gorgeous degree. The antlers have been recolored by hand to restore their natural woodland color. The skull was a salvage, killed only by nature, and was beetle-cleaned, degreased, sterilized and preserved by me.

This magnificent fellow includes a wall mount bracket that allows him to be displayed on any wall at a dramatic angle. He is not attached to the bracket and can simply be set on it and lifted off at any time for handling.

Still for sale, and available on my Etsy. <—– click

No Etsy? No problem. Contact me at SilverSkullCreations@aol.com to arrange a private sale. :)