New Zealand: Cat Fur Cat Handbag
Hobbs says her purse creation expresses her artistic passions and desire to engineer the surreal, particularly using feral and domestic felines. It is unclear how the cat lost its life, and Hobbs is adamant the cat was not killed to make the bag.
The bag is listed for auction sale under cat art, taxidermy, fashion, cat walk, catatonic, cool, purrrrfect. Hobbs says her art is not disrespectful to the animals she uses, saying: “To spend all that time on tanning and sculpture and making it brand new shows the utmost respect.”
Hans Kriek, director of Save Animals From Exploitation, said although taxidermy was legal, “is turning a cat into a handbag any worse than turning an elephant’s foot into an umbrella stand?” Read the news article: here.
China has been manufacturing dog skin handbags for years and selling them in Yunnan province, among other places. A dog skin handbag, with the matching dog’s head, complete with terrified look on it’s face, is one of the items you can buy in China as a spin-off from China’s dog and meat trade.
Smaller clutch-purses are available using dogs such as Teacup Poodles with the tiny Teacup Poodle’s Head as the opening clasp. Some of the tiny poodles still have their pompom on the top of their head, as an extra decoration.
Fight Dog Meat also monitors the fur trade, which is intertwined with the global dog and cat meat trade.
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