A taxidermist turns a dead cat into a handbag – will this be the next catwalk trend?

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  • A New Zealand-based taxidermist turned a dead cat into a handbag and was put on auction 
  • The listing says there were no animals harmed in the creation of the glamour purse
  • The cat purse was sold at $545

The cat’s out of the bag — or should we say, the bag’s made out of a cat?

Possibly  the most bizarre and morbid item we have seen in the internet this week, a dead cat was turned into a handbag by a New Zealand-based taxidermist.

The cat purse, including the intact head of the cat, was auctioned at TradeMe for $1,450 starting price and is not recommended for the faint-hearted.

“Professionally trained taxidermist Claire Hobbs expresses her artistic passions and desire to engineer the surreal, particularly using feral and domestic felines,” a description for the “Glamourpuss Summer Collection” reads.

It added: “No animal is killed for the purpose of Claire’s work.”

Save Animals From Exploitation director Hans Kriek said the bag was in “poor taste” and “disrespectful”.

“If you were to do these with people it would be absolutely not acceptable … is turning a cat into a handbag any worse than turning an elephant’s foot into an umbrella stand?” Kriek said.

In response to the haters, the creator said: “To spend all that time on tanning and sculpture and making it brand new shows the utmost respect. I guess because it’s a domestic animal people get a bit funny about it. I don’t kill animals for my work, it’s not as though I go around snuffing out animals thinking this’ll make a nice handbag.”

Meanwhile the auction site’s spokesperson Logan Mudge assured potential customers that there was no cruelty involved and they understand that not everyone will agree with their stance.

“It is certainly a statement bag and while it’s not for me, we suspect there will be a buyer out there who is keen. This is a pretty unusual bag and we expect the auction will attract a lot of attention over the next few days,” he said.

The controversial item was eventually sold for $545 after the fierce bidding war when the item was dropped from $1450 to $1 starting price, as per an article published by Stuff.

This article has been viewed 275 times. Article originally posted: September 23, 2016, 11:19 pm (UTC-0). Last update: September 23, 2016 at 11:19 pm (UTC-0).

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