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Is the art of taxidermy kosher? What about keeping animals that are stuffed in your house? My family has recently become more observant and my brother wanted to get several stuffed animals, fish, etc. but we weren't sure if there was a problem with that.

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They have them at the Torah Musem ,no? –  sam Jul 30 at 17:43
    
However ,I could see it being a haskfa problem –  sam Jul 30 at 17:49
    
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@msh210 Thank you! –  Leah Aug 6 at 4:27

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While this is not direct proof that taxidermy is OK, the upcoming Jewish Museum of Natural history, to be built in Bet Shemesh, plans to use taxidermy mountings. See This article.

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Any reason to think an religious authority approved the presence of mountings? –  msh210 Jul 30 at 19:37
    
@msh210 - I wouldn't know. I know that Rabbi Slifkin, who seems to be the main person "in charge" of the museum, may have received or is attempting to receive "hashgacha", IF it is necessary in the first place. Rabbi Slifkin is a "controversial" figure, though, I don't quite understand why some disapprove of him. I find his articles and work fascinating, esp. the one about Shofrot, that I linked to. –  DanF Jul 30 at 20:05

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