Cabinets Of Curiosity
Our stores are full of fun and hard to find items from around the world! Below we enclosed a statement about our specimens.
About Our Specimens
At The Rock & Art Shop, we strive to source our pieces with as much background knowledge as possible. To us, ethic-sourcing means that our taxidermy mounts are vintage or that at no time recently were killed for sport. Most of our mounts are a minimum of 20 years old.
Many of the suppliers and artists we work with use farm raised specimens in their mounts. Others preserve the way of life that their culture has thrived on by hunting and trapping, using all parts of the animal in the process. Bones and skulls from animal like chickens, ducks, alligators, and rabbits are a byproduct of the farming industry, as well as these cultural practices. Butterfly and insect farming actually aides in the conservation of rainforests and at-risk areas because it promotes the continued protection of the environment these species depend on.
The majority of our shells and animal products are by-products of the seafood and farming industry. The shells and animals are harvested for their meat. The corals have been removed from shipping channels and are permitted to sell.
Taxidermy promotes and educates people about the natural world and the conservation efforts that keep the species we represent flourishing.