The internet is furious with New Zealand taxidermist Clare Hobbs, over a handbag she made with the pelt of a dead cat (with its intact head as part of the decor)
“This isn’t really taxidermy,” one person wrote on TradeMe. “You have turned this creature into something it is not, and a crass object at that. An undignified end for this noble creature. A shame as you are obviously talented, but would you do this to a human that was killed in an accident?”
“That is sick!! I love animals and you are totally disrespecting them!!” one comment reads. “This is disgusting. Not the slightest bit creative or artistic,” another adds.
Even Hans Kriek, director of New Zealand’s Save Animals From Exploitation organization, said that while using animals that been put down or died of natural causes for taxidermy was legal, the cat bag was in poor taste and disrespectful to animals. “If you were to do these with people it would be absolutely not acceptable … is turning a cat into a handbag any worse than turning an elephant’s foot into an umbrella stand?” he told Stuff.co.nz
Hobbs has some supporters, though.
“Great work, art is supposed to initiate discussion and invigorate emotion,” one user wrote. “Oh I love your work it’s beautiful I wish I had enough money to purchase,” another added.
One person even fired shots at hypocrites calling the cat handbag morally wrong while using animal products every day: “Nice job, one less cat eating our native birds. Everyone giving bad feedback should get off there leather couch, throw away there cow skin wallets and purses out of there possum and Marino thermals and out from under their goose down duvet and jackets and look at them selves before judging others!”