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It's Spring time...when everything starts coming to life, having babies, and bloom. It looks absolutely beautiful out, and I'm seeing the world a bit through rose-colored lenses. As I looked in awe at the simplest things today, I was thinking why I like fur so much.


I was watching a dog walking with its owner...I'm a total dog lover, so I shamelessly stared. I watched its muscles work to propel its body forward, its tail swinging in tune with its legs, its tongue out in a happy pant as it walked with its beloved owner. When I got home, I looked at my wolf pelt, Kalik. His eyes weren't his own and they certainly didn't look at me with love and loyalty, his tongue didn't loll out happily dripping with saliva, his tail didn't sway and his legs didn't bring him to me. But I still saw the same beauty as I did the dog. The life may have been lost to this wonderful creature, but its beauty still shows. Looking at Kalik, I can still imagine him laying there not as a pelt, but as a wolf. He was a proud, beautiful animal who lived to full adulthood simply surviving. Now I could see him up-close, unlike I ever could with a wild animal before. The colors of his pelt still show perfectly, and in a way I can sense the animal he once was.


Yet, at the same time, I only saw the lump of fur and skin and man-made parts in front of me. I know it was an animal at one time, a wonderful animal who had once been so full of life as that dog. Yet, it's like looking at a flower given to you by a lover. In reality, when someone gives you a flower, they've given you part of a plant that they might have even gone and killed themselves. Yet people are always so delighted to be given flowers, and see them as beautiful things. We try to preserve these flowers by keeping them in water and sunlight, so that they may live a while longer even though they have been ripped away from the rest of their plant.


It's the same thing as a preserved pelt. It's something that's dead, but still beautiful. Just like that flower has been put in water, these pelts have been tanned...making them last a while longer than they would have before. Eventually one day both will wither away and be gone for good, but we enjoy them while they're here.


People who don't like fur don't look at what is in front of them. They look at what once was, or could have been. It's like looking at a flower and remembering that it was once part of a bush or other plant, but has been ruthlessly torn away, and is now just a dead or dying thing held in human hands. They see that that animal was a living creature, whose life had been taken just like that flower-too soon, by nature's standards (flowers wither or fall, animals can starve/dehydrate, be preyed upon by other predators by tooth and claw, be exposed to extreme elements, or die of old age or disease). They remember that it was something else, and think it still should be...like thinking that that beautiful flower belongs on that bush, or stem, where it came from.


There isn't a problem with this thinking, but it's not my own. Sure, I know that my pelts were once animals, and that they have been killed one way or another...I'll never not know that. But for now I can enjoy them in their preserved state. Just like my flowers that I bring in the house. I never picked a single one of these flowers, and I haven't killed a single one of these animals. Nature or other people have done that for me, but I'm not just going to sit there and watch them fade into nothingness by themselves.


I like pelts, I like flowers, I like seashells and the wood that makes up my furniture or even right now, my home. As humans we enjoy dead things all the time, either for their beauty or the convince. I always find it funny that someone can bother me about having furs, yet go pluck daisies from their stems to make a daisy chain the next day.


Don't bother making a fuss. Life is short, and there's so much beauty in everything around us...whether it be a blade of grass, a single butterfly, a sweet-smelling flower, a pristine forest, a clean beach, or a flock of geese or pack of wolves....there's so much out there in nature that's wonderful to admire. Dead or alive, I see the beauty in both. Just because a flower has been killed doesn't mean I can't still enjoy it. Just because an animal has passed away doesn't mean I can't admire it.


This is why I will never change my ways.

Why I Like Taxidery/Fur/Pelts/Bones/Death

Someone wanted me to upload this as a deviation so they could fave it. I'm really honored that you guys like what I wrote :love: Thank you all so much!

This is all expressing my personal opinion and perhaps the opinion of others. Take it how you will, and feel free to make your own comments.

If you don't agree with my opinion or view, I can't say that I really care, lol (not to sound rude). Everyone's entitled to their own ways of thinking, and I'm just letting people know that this is mine.
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Sinnibelle Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautifully written and said and very truthful..

I think people do not think this way because pelts were once cute animals... but people do not want to think of their dinner this way.. They are okay with their Friday night steak and potatoes or their gorgeous leather coat but as soon as it is just the basic fur.. the most basic form- it still appears to be an animal and it scares them.

I think it is because many people are in a serious case of denial. They don't want to think that an animal had to be killed for the dinner they eat at night. And they don't want to think about the fact that it takes 100 chinchilla pelts to make a single coat (depending on the size this being for a waist length coat.)

People do not want to believe that their demand calls for a supply. They don't want the blood on their hands but because they can't see a face on their coat it's okay. But since we have the whole body then we are murderers.

This is very well written.. I thank you for sharing.
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WolfForce58205 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
"People do not want to believe that their demand calls for a supply." This exactly, with so many things in life. Even me using the computer right now is contributing to the death of animals (the computer parts came from somewhere, created waste and pollution when they were created and transported, and now it's using electricity, which our lovely nation likes to mainly derive from coal, which requires invasive and dangerous mining that both destroys habitat and pollutes...all of this contributes to the loss of habitat and pollution of our planet that is silently killing many animals, even driving some to the brink of extinction). We point fingers elsewhere to make ourselves feel better about our choices, we justify our actions and demonize things we can avoid. We shut out the truth.

Thank you for the compliment =)
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Sturgie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I wish everybody could think this way. No matter what, anything and everything that we have is preserved one way or another, whether it's the wood on our tabletops, or the cardboard boxes that preserve our pizza (I'm eating pizza currently, hahaha) In all seriousness though, everything is made from something, and it's admired one way or another. Just like the pelt of an animal, beauty can always show and still be respected and admired even when the soul itself is long gone. It's almost like bringing part of the soul back.
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StealYourSharks Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this made me so incredibly happy to read. this is what i try to tell everyone who doesn't agree with the dead things in my room. i used to refuse flowers, because i saw them as so sad. i used to be a fur hater, too, which i am not proud of. but i learned to accept the beauty in both, and i hope others can too. this was truly wonderful to read, very refreshing and inspirational. <3
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WolfForce58205 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I'm glad this brought you some joy when reading it ^_^ Some people may understand it, others are just too caught up in their own morals and values, but hopefully more people understand your opinion than not (know what's kinda funny? I still don't like being given flowers, haha. I tell people, "If you're going to give me a flower, give me a pot of living ones so I can keep them longer and appreciate your gift all that much more" XD...not that I'd turn down a flower though).
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StealYourSharks Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's true, and it's also a matter of being misinformed. peta has gotten into the habit of telling people that every piece of fur they see has been skinned alive and the etc because then more people pay attention and throw their money over blindly.
&that's exactly what i say too xD i won't turn a flower down but people have learned to give me potted plants to care for:3
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WolfForce58205 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
It's a shame that that's how things go, too. But, whoever has the most money wins....=/ That's why it's always best to inform when people bring things up, but still respect their viewpoints, opinions, values, and morals. (I still don't understand how people can take PETA statements seriously these days though...with all that's been uncovered about them and such...)
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StealYourSharks Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh I know >.< but people will blindly follow almost anything , or so it seems. Information is key, and we can only try our best to give that to people .
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JasmineHopkins Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to post this on my deviations when I post my taxidermy.
YOU'RE LIKE THE ONLY ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS.
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WolfForce58205 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Haha, well you could always link to it or something and tell people to go read it if they want to understand XD (to avoid a ridiculously long artist's description). It makes me happy to know that others feel the same way I do =)
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