Taxidermy used to serve a noble purpose in older times, when explorers and naturalists preserved new species of animals they discovered with the purpose of studying them and educating the rest of the world that had little chance of ever witnessing the animals in their natural environment. In fact Charles Darwin, who is probably the world’s most famous taxidermist, has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history.
These days however, in which most animal species have been discovered and documented and nearly every amateur zoologist has access to wild animal parks and to the internet, many consider taxidermy unnecessary and grotesque. Regardless of your opinions about taxidermy, most people would probably agree that some taxidermists go too far. The line of what’s considered “too far” might vary a bit from person to person, but generally when a piece of taxidermy stirs controversy—or even breaks laws—then it probably crosses that line.
Trafficking in threatened and protected species, whether for personal profit or under the guise of art, is illegal. Keep that in mind next time you feel the urge to play Dr. Frankenstein.
No matter how you feel about taxidermy, this surreal story is worth sharing. Click below to show others.