Ethical Sourcing

Here at Rare And Odd LLC, we have a deep fascination and respect for the natural world. Part of our philosophy is ensuring that our product offerings are ethically sourced. If you still have questions after reading through the information we’ve provided, please feel free to reach out and we’d be  happy to answer!

 

Animal Bones & Taxidermy

Taxidermy, along with animal skulls and skeletons, are among  items available online and special order. Most of the taxidermy is vintage, antique, or otherwise recycled. By recycling vintage taxidermy, or from animals dying of natural causes, we discourage the sale and procurement of new pieces. We often buy from personal and private estates and sometimes individuals who approach us with pieces they no longer want in their collection.  Quite often, we hear from people who have inherited large collections that are just too much for them. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, we maybe able to help. Additionally, we occasionally have taxidermy from ranched animals which were stillborn or died from illness or other natural causes.  Some ranches raise animals for food and sell their pelts as a byproduct to be tanned and sold as rugs or made into taxidermy or other products. We particularly like this idea of utilizing as much of an animal as possible and support this practice.  Some of the smaller pieces we sell are byproducts of roadkill, pest management, and wildlife population control which are done in a sustainable manner that keeps the natural population at a healthy and maintainable level. Finally, taxidermists who take on a commission for which they are not paid are allowed to sell those pieces to recoup those costs.  So long as the piece is legal for us to sell, we do occasionally acquire specimens in this manner.  We do not support the trade of poached or endangered animals nor cruel ranching practices.

 

Insects

At Rare And Odd LLC we carry a wide variety of insects from different sources, artists and vendors. Ultimately all of the insects are sustainably sourced via ethical means. In most cases, they are either sustainably harvested following strict guidelines or raised on conservation farms. When harvested, insects are typically collected in their native habitats by people indigenous to the same locale. This regulated practice gives local people the means to make an income from the surrounding habitat by keeping it in its natural state, and even in some cases replanting with native, host plants intended to attract particular species. In the end, the effect on insect populations is positive as opposed to the alternative—loss of habitat due to farming, development, and/or pesticides. Many of the larger and rarer butterflies are ranched by conservationists giving them a nearly 100% survival rate in captivity as opposed to about 10% in the wild. These organizations release half into the wild while the remainder are sold to fund the farm, thereby helping to replenish species in the wild. Vendors of certain species, should have the licenses and certificates to operate according to the regulations of the locale in which the butterflies are collected, as well as the National Forest and Wildlife Service. Their main focus is to guarantee the sustainable management and preservation of the natural species of our world. There is no commercialization of protected species whose hunting is prohibited according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) treaty.

 

Wet Specimens

All of our wet specimens died naturally before being preserved. They are preserved in 70% isopropyl alcohol, not formaldehyde. Many of our specimens come from vet techs with whom we work closely. Many of the snakes and lizards, and other reptiles and amphibians, are sourced from breeders and also died naturally. Snakes and lizards lay large clutches of eggs and often only a portion of them actually survive to adulthood.

 

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