In the back rooms and top floors of natural history museums, hidden from the public eyes, there are often objects and artifacts that are waiting for their turns to go on display.
Usually, stuffed animals, in life-like postures, but covered in dust, are a dime a dozen.
I am always distressed by the sight of a mammal or a bird that was taken from the wild, killed and then stuffed for the sole purpose of satisfying morbid human curiosities and obsessions. To me, observing a live animal, a product of nature doing what it has evolved to do, is infinitely more satisfying than looking at a taxidermist’s creation.
What about keeping animals in zoos? Some organizations, such as the Born Free Foundation, is campaigning to “phase out” zoos throughout the world. I haven’t given much thought to the idea, but it is something certainly worth considering.