Is there a way to explain to people that VC isn't... bad? I've been called crazy, gross or a killer quite a few times. It makes me so sad, cause I'd never hurt an animal in any way... I just think that the nature is beautiful, both alive and dead :'<
Tell me who did it and I’ll lecture them and fight them >:v
Seriously though, so long as you explain that it’s done because you love nature and want to understand animals in a hands-on, educational way, most people see it as being less of a ‘serial killer’ thing and more of a legitimate educational hobby. I tend to bring up the whole, ‘well museums have taxidermy,’ etc. and I can kinda get people to shut up. I’ve had a few fighters over the years that still called me gross even after my explanations, but you can’t force people understand so I just let them have their fits and walk away.
I’ve also found having a confident attitude as well as being able to counter argue common points will help people understand better. “Animals are killed to be trophies,” - Yes but the funds used for those hunts to take place are used to benefit the species as a whole. “Animals are skinned alive,” - Actually that’s a myth that was debunked, also do you know how hard it would be to skin a live animal that could bite you? etc.
Or, and this is my personal favorite to tell people who are being real assholes, “Do you really wanna fuck with someone who knows how to rot down a body ovo?”