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What's Your Take on Taxidermy?

What's Your Take on Taxidermy?

You can head over to CitizenSugar to learn Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's stance on plenty of political issues, but you can tell from this photo of the VP hopeful in her office that she has no problem with taxidermy. I personally just can't support killing bears, no matter how en vogue it might be for Governor Palin. But, to each his own, right? What are your thoughts?Source

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dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
that's just gross
nowari_101 nowari_101 7 years
seriously what the hell thats just monsters and it speak out her personalty
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 7 years
Sh!t like that always makes me want to change the way eat and more conscious of the way I buy things. I wish to god I wasn't raised to eat meat, but I would never have something like that in my house. We have to review these videos at work before they go out to the Conroe Taxidermy - http://www.conroetaxidermy.com/index.html ...when we do we get SO grossed out. One of the girls got so sick she cried. She is a total softy.. major animal lover/vegetarian. I turn the dvds on behind me so I won't have to stare at that crap. Of course George Sr. would be on their website - http://www.conroetaxidermy.com/videography.html it is so disgusting what they do to get these animals. And they get SO excited about it. It is SO white trashy. They call it 'the hunt'... and 'the Lion'. And they all get hard-ons when they get the biggest kill. I had to watch this award show last time OVER and OVER about it. It's like a generation thing too. They have everyone from young boys to their OOOOld grandfathers killing these animals to these old botox goose steppers winning these awards. They actually cry when accepting their awards. ...the people that bring this stuff in for us to edit and put together for them get our work for practically free because my boss is a pushover. He always complains about how he has to do the work for them for nothing, but he choses to do it anyway. And they are always so rude to us, making all of us rush the work for them[like a 3 day project crammed into 24hrs]. (And not only that, they have to travel/commute a little over an hour to get their 'work' footage to us.) Just don't get it. (Kind of funny too... for all the work we do for them for practically nothing you would think they would have a link to our production company up there.)
dootsie dootsie 7 years
Not all taxidermy involves sport-killed animals, for the record. Many are animals that died of other causes--ie. hit by a car. While I don't doubt that Ms. Palin's taxidermy animals were hunted, not all is that cruel.
dootsie dootsie 7 years
Not all taxidermy involves sport-killed animals, for the record. Many are animals that died of other causes--ie. hit by a car.While I don't doubt that Ms. Palin's taxidermy animals were hunted, not all is that cruel.
AKirstin AKirstin 7 years
I would also like to add that this photo is very, VERY typical of traditional Alaskan decor, and deserves some respect as it's own culture.
AKirstin AKirstin 7 years
I dig it, personally, but I don't like it in the typical, log cabin kind of way. No bears or rams heads or ducks. For me, it's sort of Victorian, gothic, Douglas Little, steampunk, Jules Vern and bohemian. I have a small alligator head on top of my teevee, and am on the lookout for a fox and a couple of dried seahorses. Yes, it's creepy. That's what I like about it.
Scribbit Scribbit 7 years
You'd have to understand things up here to get it--bears aren't exactly cute fluffy creatures, they eat you. There have been 5 bear attacks in Anchorage alone this summer and one woman was dragged sleeping from her tent and mauled. A biker was attacked during a bike race, dragged from her bike and chewed on. So it's not exactly as if Palin's posing with stuffed bunnies or kittens or anything. There was a pack of wolves that terrorized the east side of town earlier this spring here in Anchorage, attacking joggers and eating people's dogs (no lie). If I had my way they'd shoot every bear that comes into the city limits--there was a black bear on our cul de sac two days ago where my kids play and I'm not exactly excited about them getting eaten or mauled. I'd much rather take a bear's life than have it be my child's life. These guys are predators and omnivores. They don't even attack to kill, they're trained by the end of the summer to eat only the vital organs for the most nutrition so you get to be alive right up until the end. Nice huh?
Suzy-Cue Suzy-Cue 7 years
Having actually been To Alaska, and into people's homes, I can tell you that hunting and taxidermy is part of their culture. They all do it. If you look at Alaska on a map, it is next to Canada, not the lower 48. It's their lifestyle. Dont ever ask them what they think of Brangelina, they will laugh at you!
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 7 years
Plus - I don't disagree that that is sad as well. However, re-introduction of predators is an imperfect solution. In states here, like Nevada where grazing is predominate, opposition is practically insurmountable. Also, because we humans have intervened so much, it just doesn't work out as well as it had in a "wild" state. Kind of like wildfires - we've "managed" wildfire for so long that when we attempt to let it go on it's own, it ends up worse than it would without years of human intervention. In an ideal world, I agree that it sure would be nice. Unfortunately, we've meddled for hundreds of years in such a manner that we aren't in a position to go "au natral" just yet.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 7 years
Plus - I don't disagree that that is sad as well. However, re-introduction of predators is an imperfect solution. In states here, like Nevada where grazing is predominate, opposition is practically insurmountable. Also, because we humans have intervened so much, it just doesn't work out as well as it had in a "wild" state. Kind of like wildfires - we've "managed" wildfire for so long that when we attempt to let it go on it's own, it ends up worse than it would without years of human intervention. In an ideal world, I agree that it sure would be nice. Unfortunately, we've meddled for hundreds of years in such a manner that we aren't in a position to go "au natral" just yet.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 7 years
Creepy
SassAndBide SassAndBide 7 years
Creepy
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 7 years
nevadamtnbear - it is also a horrible thing to watch a deer die a slow death from a non-lethal shot by an amateur hunter. I saw that many a times when I lived in NH.A better way to manage the deer population is to reintroduce carnivorous hunters like wolves...who, btw, Palin supports shooting from airplanes....
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 7 years
nevadamtnbear - it is also a horrible thing to watch a deer die a slow death from a non-lethal shot by an amateur hunter. I saw that many a times when I lived in NH. A better way to manage the deer population is to reintroduce carnivorous hunters like wolves... who, btw, Palin supports shooting from airplanes....
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 7 years
Oh, and on the shoes, yah, not very attractive with that outfit. However, as an avid flip flop wearer who often forgets to change shoes before heading into the office, I have to kind of chuckle, because I can totally see myself in that position - wearing a nice outfit and having a tacky pair of flip flops on my footsies, as it's happened. I actually usually walk around my office bare foot, maybe that would look better with the outfit - no?
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 7 years
FTR, being pro-hunting doesn't mean you're anti-wildlife and animals. It is well documented that hunters contribute some of the largest amounts of money to wildlife conservation, habitat rehabilitation, etc.I hunt. I don't kill for a "trophy" and I eat what I kill. If someday I end up with a "trophy" elk, deer, antelope, etc., I might consider mounting it, but that isn't what I go out into the field looking for. And, I'm more inclined to donate my hides, antlers, etc. to local native Americans for making drums and other traditional items. Some people dig mounts and like to display them. A lot of hunters don't. I wouldn't have mounts in my regular decor. Perhaps in a certain room or garage (giggle) I might agree to accept my hubby putting them if he so wanted.Also, yes, people eat bear. I haven't tried it yet, but if we ever get a bear, you bet that we'll eat the meat. All the hunters that I know are huge advocates of wildlife and are massive animal lovers. Hunting is a necessary element in managing wildlife populations in our country. Nothing is more tragic to me than seeing animals become over populated for what their habitat can support and suffer - it is a horrible thing to watch deer dying of starvation and disease because their range has been burned out by wildfire and there isn't enough forage to support the number of animals. It is tragic to watch animals become over populated and do that which is natural to them - forage - but do so in populated areas and then people who have moved into their habitat get their panties all in a bundle because a BEAR (or other animal) broke into their garbage cans/house/car/tent/etc. Then those animals have to be euthanized because they cannot be effectively relocated in most circumstances. That's not fair or right. It's better to manage wildlife populations to avoid the alternatives. I didn't grow up around hunters or in a family that was into the activity. I used to be fairly "anti-hunting" but educated myself and actually have grown into the activity. These are my opinions. You may disagree. I'll respect your opinion, but please respect mine.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 7 years
FTR, being pro-hunting doesn't mean you're anti-wildlife and animals. It is well documented that hunters contribute some of the largest amounts of money to wildlife conservation, habitat rehabilitation, etc. I hunt. I don't kill for a "trophy" and I eat what I kill. If someday I end up with a "trophy" elk, deer, antelope, etc., I might consider mounting it, but that isn't what I go out into the field looking for. And, I'm more inclined to donate my hides, antlers, etc. to local native Americans for making drums and other traditional items. Some people dig mounts and like to display them. A lot of hunters don't. I wouldn't have mounts in my regular decor. Perhaps in a certain room or garage (giggle) I might agree to accept my hubby putting them if he so wanted. Also, yes, people eat bear. I haven't tried it yet, but if we ever get a bear, you bet that we'll eat the meat. All the hunters that I know are huge advocates of wildlife and are massive animal lovers. Hunting is a necessary element in managing wildlife populations in our country. Nothing is more tragic to me than seeing animals become over populated for what their habitat can support and suffer - it is a horrible thing to watch deer dying of starvation and disease because their range has been burned out by wildfire and there isn't enough forage to support the number of animals. It is tragic to watch animals become over populated and do that which is natural to them - forage - but do so in populated areas and then people who have moved into their habitat get their panties all in a bundle because a BEAR (or other animal) broke into their garbage cans/house/car/tent/etc. Then those animals have to be euthanized because they cannot be effectively relocated in most circumstances. That's not fair or right. It's better to manage wildlife populations to avoid the alternatives. I didn't grow up around hunters or in a family that was into the activity. I used to be fairly "anti-hunting" but educated myself and actually have grown into the activity. These are my opinions. You may disagree. I'll respect your opinion, but please respect mine.
laurelm laurelm 7 years
I think it is tacky decor. I find 70s decor offensive as well, but to each their own! Also being pro life and having a stuffed bear is not hypocritical. Ridiculous! That's like saying you support serial killers if you support hunters. Completely different issues and an offensive comparison at that!
laurelm laurelm 7 years
I think it is tacky decor. I find 70s decor offensive as well, but to each their own!Also being pro life and having a stuffed bear is not hypocritical. Ridiculous! That's like saying you support serial killers if you support hunters. Completely different issues and an offensive comparison at that!
natalieso natalieso 7 years
I agree with al the shoe comments. As for the taxidermy I just find it disgusting!
baltimoregal baltimoregal 7 years
La_Luse- my thoughts exactly (LOVE that movie).
wakeupandora wakeupandora 7 years
HeidiMD, I had to take a double take too! I was just so mortified by the bear that I missed the questionable crab decor!
wakeupandora wakeupandora 7 years
HeidiMD, I had to take a double take too! I was just so mortified by the bear that I missed the questionable crab decor!
HeidiMD HeidiMD 7 years
How the hell did I miss the gigantic crab?!?!?!?!?!
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