While in my Communications 103 class today I was thinking about Plato's criteria for art. I've decided taxidermy follows it, if given the proper argument.
Aimed at the mind or soul. (taxidermy I would say helps the mind to further understand animals, whom we see or interact with)
Must have a teachable method. (people learn taxidermy, it is taught)
Work for the betterment of mind, soul, or society. (taxidermy shows people animals they might not see otherwise, up close, and allow them to learn and study said animals)
I was working on the leg of the fox I got from *Kyuukon-no-Shamisen
...This fox is beautiful...and...I feel so honored to be able to work with it and see it so closely.