Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Stuffed Animals

Last week, as I was happily (okay, not so happily, it was more like frantically) scrapbooking the last few years of my life, I came across a photo I'd taken in a shop in Pisa, Italy. I suppose the owner thought four stuffed, oddly dressed pigs (weasels?), sitting down to dinner and wine would draw in the customers. It worked--I came in far enough to take the picture (click on the photo to enlarge):

Stuffed Pigs at Table in Pisa Italy

It reminds me of a television commercial running in Canada for the restaurant Montana's Cookhouse. It features a wall mounted deer and moose head chatting about the great food and customers just meters away. Is it just me, or does thinking about dead animals with their heads chopped off turn most people off their feed?

One day when my daughter was quite young, she came home from a birthday party with a knick knack in the form of a kitten.

It was soft and cute, and she quite liked it. I didn't tell her that the fur had once belonged to a rabbit.

But I'm just as guilty. Looking through my cat's basket of toys, I found several rabbit fur-covered playthings. I know I bought them, but can't imagine what I was thinking when I picked them off the store shelf. I guess I was thinking the toys were soft and cute, ignoring the fact that the fur had once belonged to a bunny.

I promise to be more aware (and awake) in the future.


Fuzzy Logic said...

I remember having a "lucky rabbits foot" on a chain when I was a kid... dyed green of all things.. I remember being fascinated with the toenails and bones inside.

Now, I'm sort of wishing I missed that anatomy lesson.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Having a rabbit's foot was popular when I was a kid too. Why did we think they'd bring us luck when they weren't so lucky for the rabbit?

Heidi the Hick said...

Yeah..."Lucky" rabbit's foot. What a concept.

My cousin's husband is a taxidermist so I guess I shouldn't say too much. He's the nicest guy. They have some livestock on their little place, and he takes such good care of the chickens and calves, who have no idea that they're going to be dinner some day and live lovely lives.

You know what? Even he is disturbed by the talking moosehead restaurant ads!!! I believe his words were, "that's just wrong on so many levels."

Lynn Sinclair said...

Well, Heidi, if even a taxidermist thinks the ads are wrong, then the restaurant really needs to rethink them.

NuclearToast said...

When it comes to "trophy" stuffed animals, I always feel a little revulsed. Like in the movie "The Illusionist" all the antlers and stuff in Prince Leopold's castle.

But animatronic ones? Maybe I spent too much time in Disneyland's Country Bear Jamboree, because the moose head on the wall in the "bar" was the best part of the whole show.

But I haven't seen the commercial, so I can't comment on that.

Lynn Sinclair said...

I hope I'm not coming across too extreme, NT. Animatronic, good. Real dead animals, bad.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we all need to think before we purchase such things. I know I need to.

Georgie said...

Even after the justification of a deer's meat actually being used for human consumption (ahem...can you say Dick Cheney in that infamous "shooting" accident?) -- I still think taking it's head and sticking it on a wall plaque afterward, is a useless reminder of one's hunting abilities.

Eating to live -- and putting a poor, scared animal's severed head up on a wall to show what a bloody "good" shot you are, are two *entirely* different things.

Sorry, but I just think that whole "moose head" trophy thing (along with that commercial ad) is totally creepy.

Similarly, stuffed animals with "dead animal" fur on them were always another thing that I never really found as cute and cuddly -- as the ones simply made from a soft, man-made fabric.

In short, for me these "heads" and "furs" always look better -- on their original owners.

Lynn Sinclair said...

You're right, Brenda. I won't let myself be seduced by those darn furry cat toys anymore!

Lynn Sinclair said...

And you too are right, Georgie. I love it when everyone agrees with me!

AuthorMomWithDogs said...

I can't imagine what the advertising company who created that ad was thinking!

As for the rabbit's fur -- as we all become more conscious this way, we make different choices.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Hi, Karen. There's so many areas I need to work on in the right choices department. I truly do want to make a difference.