For an alternative to traditional taxidermy, check out Yvonne Bavman's felted wool animal sculptures. The bear rug has a really whimsical feel about it and the pigs are so lifelike and look so cute I wont be able to have sausages for a few weeks for sure.
These hand-felted hearts by Amy Long are also particularly attractive, with unexpected details like tiny horseshoes or fire sprinkler heads.
Implications - Along with an increased environmental awareness, consumers have gained an understanding of animal rights. These consumers now desire products that have been manufactured in ethically-sound ways, but that still maintain style. Companies can manufacture products made form faux animal materials for ethical consumers demographics.
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