1. Why don't you leave animals to rest in peace ?
2. Isn't bone collecting a bit yucky ?
It can be.
When an animal is freshly dead it is not yucky. When they are bones, they are not yucky. But the bit in the middle certainly can be. I prefer to leave it at this stage to let nature take care of it, so I don't dissect or skin dead animals (although I might do later).
Most skeletons which have been outside will be cleaned by nature, but for any that have soft tissue attached I use rubber gloves, plastic bags or boxes, and hand gel. But that's just common sense.
3. Isn't a bit morbid ?
4. Don't bone collectors want animals to die ?
I would never want an animal to die just for its bones, and it is one of my seven golden rules in my book. People are so used to seeing deer heads and skulls mounted as trophies by the person who shot them that they forget that often deer die all by themselves.
5. Bone collectors aren't animal lovers.
Before dad put some red deer skulls on the outside of my shed, he asked one of my neighbours whether that would be okay. She said it was fine, but she wouldn't do it herself, "because she was an animal lover".
Well, I am an animal too I love seeing all sorts of animals, and I spend loads and loads of time in the countryside. I also like bones, and I don't see a problem with that.
6. Why can't you just be interested in live animals ?
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