I don’t know folks. Cover stories on wrestling and now taxidermy? Why not give the cover story to way more worthy causes, such as the excellent article on the Rev. Amy Cantrell bringing to light what is happening to homeless people in Asheville, or even the documentary on the Stephens-Lee High School? I didn’t read the wrestling article when it came out—so not interested. I did manage to make myself read the taxidermy article because I wanted to see if anything was mentioned about the morality of killing gorgeous animals for sport and having their bodies or body parts put on display as something decorative.
I find sport hunting, for the sole pleasure of stalking (often from the comfort of a vehicle) and killing a beautiful animal so it can be mounted in one’s home as some measure of pride, abhorrent. Mr. Fuchs said the animals are scarcer now, so must be treated with more respect!? Yeah. Thanks to us humans, many are facing extinction! In fact, it is the blatant disrespect for all other life on this planet—and the planet itself—that has us in a life-threatening mess! Only humans kill for sport or financial gain, disregarding the Life they are snuffing out. … We deem it immoral to kill another human, but for some reason God’s other remarkable creatures are exempt. …
So why not just trophy hunt each other!? What’s wrong with mounted human heads staring at you in a fixed scowl, laugh or cry? No different from doing it to any other animal. Why not have hollowed-out human bodies in striking poses, with light bulbs in them to show off the translucent skin and doing handy things like providing a tray for stuff or an arm to throw a coat over? All in the name of respectful art, right? Better yet, all the sports hunters can pay top dollar to be sent to an uninhabited island, and they can hunt each other! There is even a book about this theme: The Island of Dr. Moreau. This way they can experience the thrill of both being the hunter, and what it’s like to be fighting for one’s life as the hunted! With their own high-powered rifle in hand, they’d still have more advantage than when they hunt defenseless wildlife they claim to admire and respect as they blow them away for the “fun” of it.
— Troy Amastar