Tuesday, November 27, 2007
PETA Protests Mounts, Stuffed Animals
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is adamantly against mounts and animal trophies. Newshouse News Service:
"Home Decor, Trophy mounts are showing up in more homes, even those of nonhunters"
Long confined to log cabins and lodges, stuffed animals - or mounts as taxidermists call them - are an increasingly popular decorating accessory. Taxidermy shops in New York say more pieces are going to nonhunters with deer heads fetching $450 and zebras $25,000.
[Tom Ball displays seven white-tailed deer he shot and preserved himself]. Ball displayed them in his family room but moved the mounts to his basement because he is selling his house. Not everyone prefers to see dead animals displayed on a family room wall, but that, too, is changing.
"Done right, it really is a form of art," he said.
Animal rights activists, notable People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, disagree, frowning on using mounted animals for decoration.
"In the cities where department stores sell these macabre adornments, it can be all too easy to forget these were living, feeling beings, "PETA said in a statement.
PETA's concerns may be white noise to the legions of nonhunters who have embraced a decorating trend dubbed "hunting-lodge chic." Call it what you want, but deer heads, polished antlers and tanned hides are making their way of of basements and into living rooms across the country.
Personally, hunting zebra doesn't interest me because I have no desire to barbecue it. The zebra may indeed be an intelligent creature and pose a challenge to any hunter, but hunting one simply doesn't interest me. Others want to - for some reason, hunt zebras - and if where they hunt zebras it is legal...well - that's the way it goes, folks.
Presenting or showcasing trophies is a tradition that dates back to the beginning of time. And now nonhunters are including mounts and trophies as part of their interior design themes. Do you know how many people are affected by what PETA is protesting? Almost nobody.
PETA...beyond the edge of sanity and light years beyond their original mission.
I don't think you can legitimately say our relationship to livestock animals is moral.
"Five people cared."
See? That's science!
Glady you brought issue up, others may have been confused as well.
Good game management combined with common sense.
And, food that had parents tastes good, damn it! Right Molson?
What is this thing you call "celery"?
Think veal. Yummmmmmmmmm! Homer drooling.............."veal......."
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