As a compassionate wildlife lover and naturalist from a very young age, I have great respect for the earth, all of the amazing creatures within it and of course their welfare.
The meaning of ‘Ethical’ can differ from person to person, but for me in terms of ethical taxidermy, I pride myself in sourcing specimens that aren’t killed specifically for the purpose of taxidermy or for ‘fun/sport’.
A large percentage of my specimens are the result of road traffic accidents, which sadly, is a frequent occurrence especially on rural roads where I live. I hate seeing things go to waste, so I’d much rather preserve the beauty of these fallen animals for others to appreciate, rather than let it rot by the roadside.
Collecting roadkill also benefits our birds of prey and other predators. Opportunistic animals such as buzzards and foxes will feed from roadkill, but sadly get struck by vehicles themselves in the process. By removing roadkill from busy roads reduces this risk of other animals getting hit.
In 2017, 1117 deer were reported to have been killed on the road. That’s not even taking in to account all of the other animal species. Nobody really knows the true figures of how many animals are killed by cars a year, but ‘The Road Lab’ are trying to change that. Find out more and report roadkill by clicking the button below.
I think that sometimes there’s a misconception that taxidermists can be blood-thirsty animal murderers that kill them purely for the purpose of having their head on the wall.
Not only do I support various wildlife charities, (RSPB, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Birders Against Wildlife Crime to name a few) I go an extra step further by donating a percentage of every sale to my local wildlife trust and other wildlife conservation charities.
I also help scientific causes. With wild birds of prey, I donate the carcass to the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme who do amazing research to get a better understanding of how humans impact the food chain and ecosystem.
The PBMS measures the exposure and risk to wildlife to lead from lead shot and ammunition, thereby informing the work of Defra’s Lead Ammunition Group (LAG).
Although my chronic illnesses prevent me from physically helping and volunteering for these wonderful charities, I like to think I am making a difference by living an eco-friendly lifestyle and being as pro-active as I can to help raise and donate money from the taxidermy and art I sell.