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Stuffing Dead Animals or Stuffing Yourself with Dead Animals

Do you eat hamburgers, yet get upset if someone has a mounted deer head in their family room? If so, you just may be a hypocrite.


Decorating our homes with the apparent remains of dead animals is something that seems to be increasingly thought of as archaic to many people in the modern world. Some people think that having something such as a mounted deer head, or even a cow hide rug, in one’s home is creepy or cruel. The strange thing is that some of the people who are offended by dead animals being turned into pieces of art or furniture via taxidermy have no problem stuffing a hamburger into their mouths and eating what was once a living creature. I guess this has to do with the fact that a hamburger looks very little like a cow and a cow hide rug looks very much like a cow. In the modern world many people have become so disconnected from where their food actually comes from that some of them actually think that all beef products come from cows while not understanding that cow is a term that only applies to female cattle that have had a calf. With this type of disconnection from the production end of the foods that we eat it is really no surprise that some who consider a cow hide rug a creepy thing will completely accept and take for granted hamburgers or leather handbags. It is all a bit hypocritical.

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If you are a vegan or a hunter you most likely are not a part of this growing hypocrisy. Vegans at least are consistent in not killing animals for any intentional reason while most hunters actually do eat what they kill and the creature’s non edible remains end up being stuffed and hung up on the wall or are used in some other fashion. However, if you do eat meat or use products made from animals and have a problem those same animals being turned into products that have a strong appearance of the animal when it was alive then you are being hypocritical. Is there really a difference between a hamburger and a steer turned into a taxidermy wall mount? Either way a bovine died. Is there really any difference between a piece of venison and a buck’s antlers that have been turned into a hat rack? Either way it means a deer was killed.

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Some people think that having taxidermy type products made from animals they eat in their homes is disrespectful of those creatures. In ancient times the adornment of homes with products made from animals people ate were considered as a sign of respect for those animals. Respect for the traits of those animals. Respect for the power of those animals. In ancient times everything that could be used from the animals that were killed for food were used. Today some parts of animals slaughtered for food are discarded as rubbish. If you do eat meat it is much more respectful of the creatures who gave their lives to be your food to utilize every possible part of that creature that can be used. If you eat beef having a cow hide rug is more respectful of the bovines that died to provide you with food than letting their hide end up in the landfill. If you can not handle cow hide rugs then you might want to consider putting down that hamburger and becoming a vegetarian.


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  1. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On August 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Interesting share. I’m a vegetarian.

  2. Brenda Nelson

    On August 5, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    very good points about some people being hypocrites, and that vegans/vegetarians, and hunters are not. I like that you took both sides supporting the two extremes, while slamming those in the middle.

  3. J.L. Eck

    On August 6, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    @Brenda Would that be like a ethics and peanut butter sandwich? Organic peanuts and grains, of course:)
    @Mark Good points in your article.

  4. Ruby Hawk

    On August 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    No Mark, I don’t eat hamburger or buy or use anything made of leather. I had rather not see animals grown for food or see our farm land growing hay for cattle or our streams being ruined with run off from cattle dung. I would like to see fields growing vegetables and streams running clean.

  5. postpunkpixie

    On August 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Interesting, and to an extent I agree with you. I’ve always beleived that if an animal must be killed then as much of it’s body as possible must be used; that means its meat, organs, bones, skin, the lot. That’s why I don’t have issues with using leather, horn, or bone items, or eating innards (and I have quite a collection of found bones, skulls and bugs too). I do think that if we’re going to farm animals we should treat them humanely and I think that people ought to eat less meat (we eat far more than we need to) but, personally, I don’t see the need to become vegan.

    On the subject of hypocrisy though, why is it so many people take issue with fur but will still wear leather?


    On September 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    SUPERB ARTICLE!! I completely agree 100% There are so many people eating hamburgers etc…and have stuffed heads or skins on their walls, leather furnutue and possessions. The list is endless. I am becoming more and more conscious of everything around me and I dispose of anything suspicious in this category. I am a vegan and still wanting to do more for animals and plants. This is a beautiful article aswell and Mark, I wish everyone was like you. Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. keozsha

    On February 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    thats nasty we eat cow

  8. TheVeganReligionISaLIE

    On February 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Vegans are close minded, self righteous fanatics who try to force their beliefs down everyones throat. They have no basis in what they believe. Subscribe to their foolish ideas, or you are an enemy in their eyes.

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