Many people have questions about our processes since so many things we offer are remains or processed animals (or human). We try our best to be forthright with any information we have, while holding some information we consider proprietary ,close in the interest of our business and family.
Ethics: We believe this to be defined as a generally accepted standard of right and wrong. It may have different meanings to different individuals, however, it is actually about a generally accepted standard of what is morally right. You may think we are "unethical" by your own personal standards but we are not without standards or a moral code that determines what we will and won't do. Please respect our ethical standards and position yourself in a place of assuming we would always do the right thing rather than the wrong thing. We never harm any animals for our work. Ever.
Wet specimens: Our wet specimens( including those used for our diaphonized products) come from several sources, some things( like fetal pigs) are considered by-products of the food industry, many more are the result of roadkill and natural or other unavoidable death, some are pets or animals that customers and friends bring to us for processing. Some are animals originally intended for the pet food industry and we purchase these expired wherever we can.
Taxidermy we sell: We do sell vintage and antique taxidermy and on occasion the vintage pelts or furs of animals. These animals have not always brought their history with them. We do not believe it is wise or ethical to toss these away because animals may have been farmed 80 years ago, we believe that is like wasting their lives twice. We honor and respect these pieces. We buy and sell vintage taxidermy mounts and do our best to obtain their history and share that with you.
Insects, bugs and bats : We do sometimes obtain these from breeding farms. The farmers who breed and raise these creatures support their families and sometimes whole villages with the sale of these items to curious collectors. Yes, this does mean that they are raised to be killed and sold. We believe that these farmers who find a way to support their families are not unethical, but self sustaining.
As stated numerous times, we would never ever harm a living creature and would never knowingly purchase an animal that has been deliberately mistreated. We come from a place of love and deep respect for animals, science and nature. You'd never walk into a museum and ask if they killed the mummy or a preserved animal. Please feel free to ask us anything we have not answered above and see our FAQ page to learn more.