We are cruelty free & ethical!
The term “ethical” can vary drastically from one person to another.
What one might find ethical another may not...
I try to be as open and honest about my products as i can be to give the buyer as much information as possible so they can make a decision that fits with their ethics standards.
Many of my items are natural finds - this means there will be imperfections and damages to the skull as they are found naturally in places like woodland, fields, moors and beaches and will have natural staining
(unless mentioned that they have been whitened with peroxide)
Some animals come from RTA (road traffic accidents) - you dont have to take a long journey down any road to find plenty of unfortunate animals that have been hit by vehicles. This can be a an almost instantaneous, painless death or it can cause the animal to be seriously injured and find shelter before passing or need to be humanely
euthanized if the injuries are too severe.
Pest control animals are sometimes used - this is only animals that are invasive species causing a serious damaging effect on our UK wildlife for example Muntjac & Grey Squirrels who are humanely killed to control population numbers. The bodies are normally discarded as “waste “ so it is a way of honoring the death of an animal by using all parts - any meat is left to nature.
Vintage taxidermy - a lot of the vintage taxidermy it is extremely difficult to get an accurate and honest back story on how the animal was acquired but most forms have come from hunting, trophy collectors or pest controllers.
I do not condone the hunting of any animal for sport or taxidermy mounts - i only reuse and fix old mounts as a way of avoiding an animal being
meaninglessly killed and discarded.
Foragers - there is a huge market of people within the UK who forage for their own meat supplies, be it for personal consumption or use as raw feeds for pets. Usually parts like fur, heads and feet are not used by the forager and are either discarded or donated so all parts of an animal are used
I do not condone any forms of animal cruelty - this includes inhumane methods of euthanasia and trapping and the import of poached or farmed species like bats!
Breeders - i work with a lot of reputable breeders mainly for my insect and butterflies.
A lot of the breeders rear animals from hatching and if they are a UK native species release them into the wild. While some cannot be released and are allowed to live out their natural lifespan in captivity, for example Death head hawk months are usually hand fed so they cannot be released into the wild as they are unable to feed themselves inevitably causing starvation and early death.
It is inevitable that with any captive breeding their is sadly natural deaths and
complications requiring humane euthanasia
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