Our ethical policy

Where do the animals come from?

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Taxidermy can be a very divisive art form, especially for a country of animal lovers like we are in the UK. Rest assured that none of the animals used at the Morbitorium have been killed specifically for us and we do not condone hunting or animal cruelty in any way.

Our animal specimens come from a variety of different sources…

Roadkill

  • If the animal is still fresh enough and is relatively undamaged it will be used for taxidermy purposes
  • If the damage is too severe or if it has been lying for too long I will let it decompose naturally in a 'bone cage' until just the skeleton remains. These bones will then be used in a variety of different ways
  • We have collected fox, birds, squirrels and rabbits from the roadside

Natural causes

  • Natural causes also include the "food chain". i.e. Birds and rodents that have been killed by our cats etc
  • Some owners have kindly donated their deceased pets to me
  • Birds flying into windows
  • We have been donated many rats, mice and birds

Pet food discards

  • These animals were originally destined to be pet food for snakes and other reptiles
  • Our taxidermy classes exclusively use animals from this source as we can guarantee that they are clean and disease free