To me, Nature is God. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.
All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, secondhand sources such as fellow artists and estate sales, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.
As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.
I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.
Other interests include: Wilderness survival, primitive skills, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, boffing, airsoft, snowboarding, meandering around town, and caving.
Went to Wilco. Spent all of ten minutes there getting food for the animals. Left with that AND two baby turkeys because Andrew begged me to let him get some and pouted like a five-year-old when I initially told him no.
But since we already have the set-up and food for them, I figured we may as well give it a shot. I’ve never raised turkeys before, but chatted with one of my favorite employees there about it and she filled us in on everything we’d need to know.
I guess this means we’ll have 14 chickens and two bronze turkeys running about the property this summer. All the more reason for me to crack down on this dog run building project.
reblog if you ARE gay, if you SUPPORT gays, or if you like to OPEN people’s WINDOWS in the middle of the NIGHT and put DOZENS of GEESE in their BEDROOMS
I’ve got to say tumblr has definitely changed into a positive thing for me. There are so many helpful people. Thank you!!! things-jo-says @starkanine naturepunk zooophagous bonedork and anyone else I’ve missed, thank you too!!
Thanks man. We try real hard. As much crap as I give this website I do manage to find more good in it than bad. Same can be said for the world as a whole.
Agreed! Sharing personal experiences with other like-minded individuals is an impeccable way to spread positive learning. And while the community may have a few shortcomings, it’s a wonderful feeling when someone - anyone - finds your words inspirational. Thanks for being a part of this fantastic and loving community.
some animals can live up to 10 minutes after being skinned alive and tossed on a pile of other carcases…
Have you ever actually skinned an animal? Because I have and I can tell you it’s damn hard enough to do it while the animal is dead, it would be impossible to do it properly while the animal is still alive.
That video you refer to is staged. The people in the video were PAID to skin those animals alive for the camera and in 2009 a court convicted the filmmakers of paying people to perform acts of cruelty. Animals are never skinned alive for their fur. It’s a myth made up by AR groups to push their agenda. Sadly this is a common tactic used by animal rights groups. A lot of those videos you see from groups like PETA are actually fake, staged or edited to give a false impression of what is really happening and these groups hold many convictions for staging such films (but of cause they wont tell you that!)
Even just a quick examination of the video will show it’s not common practice. A live animal bleeds as the heart pumps the blood around, but a dead animal when skinned would produce little to no blood. Look at the carcasses under the live raccoon dog. Notice how they’re not covered in fresh blood like the live animal? That shows that they were all skinned after death.
Skinning a live animal would be impossible to do without damaging the pelt, (causing rips, holes, blood staining etc.) thus making the pelt completely worthless. Even the smallest hole can make a pelt loose most of it’s value, so why on earth would a farmer destroy his own product and cut all his profits by doing that? Think about it. The stress of the process would also cause the animal to shed large amounts of hair (this ruining the pelt even further), as well as putting the skinner as serious risk of injury. There are zero reasons to skin an animal while it’s still alive and it simply is not practiced.
Don’t be so quick to believe everything you see.
I can’t imagine how hard on the shoulders and neck skinning a live animal would be. Skinning dead animals makes it feel like someone is punching me in the neck the whole time lmfao
1) Owls. Owls are awesome and I love seeing them, but it seems that they often precede bad news of some kind.
2) Salamanders. I always fear that I have accidentally stepped on and killed dozens of hapless salamanders in the woods, so when I find them, I treat them with utmost respect and hope they don’t hold it against me.
3) Crickets. Especially the weird white ones I find in or under rotted logs. I found one in my wood pile at home once. It had no eyes and was eating another cricket. It was creepy. Just. Eeehhhhh.
4) Snails. I had a snail shell in my pocket when I got hit by that drunk driver a while back. The snail shell did not break. I figured that if something so fragile could survive something so jarring, then I could too. I have regarded snails with a somewhat divine esteem ever since.
5) Sun spiders. Because they always bring back Burning Man feels.