Babe Piggy Bank

"That'll Do Babe"

Yes, that’s right. It is a real piggy bank made by Colin Hart from Belfast and on sale for $4,000 from Marketed at those with too much money and too much loose change, the piglet bank is a texidermied carcass of a piglet that, according to the webite, was not killed but died of natural causes. Not surprisingly, the piglet bank is causing a bit of a stir. Have we lost our sensibilities again about the reality of human carnivorism? I expect that most people don’t want to be reminded about what the majority of us eat. Also I could not help thinking about the cute piglet Babe.

Piggy bank?

But maybe this is a trend we could develop. Do you remember the embalmed human corpses that I blogged about some time ago. Why not have our dear relatives turned into household piggy banks? There again, trying to get the coins out with a knife might seem a bit sacrilegious.


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7 responses to “Babe Piggy Bank

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  2. Gerard Simons

    This is grose and unkind. A taxidermied piglet turned into a piggy bank. A zillion times worse than a woman breastfeeding a piglet.

  3. Gerard Simons

    Making $4000/- from a piglet’s carcass. They will do anything for money!

  4. Miriam

    The most gross thing about this article is that some schmuck will pay $4,000 for it.

    We turn cows into handbags, shoes, furniture and coats all of the time, although I wouldn’t like to take a knife to an embalmed relative to get them to disgorge themselves.

  5. I think the fact that it is a piglet may be part of what disturbs people.

    My wife has a bit of a fascination with taxidermy, so a couple years ago we checked out a hunt expo that had a bunch of taxidermy. They had a baby deer that had been stillborn, that they had taxidermied. It was quite beautiful… stunningly beautiful, really. But it also kinda freaked me out, whereas taxidermy in general does not freak me out. There was just something disturbing out it being a baby…

  6. Arno

    I would like to think that this is bad. But if the animal was already dead, and indeed died of natural causes, then so be it. I am more worried about markets which focus on the torture of living animals, such as the recent rise of Chinese crush films (DO NOT WATCH THE LINK IF EASILY OFFENDED! THIS IS 100% NSFW AND CONTAINS THE GRAPHIC DEATHS OF VARIOUS ANIMALS).
    A few years back, an artist known as Tinkebell broke the neck of her own (2-year old) cat and had her skinned and turned into a handbag . This year, she gave people the option to buy baby chicks. Any chick that wasn’t bought by the end of the term, would be thrown into a wood shredder. As they were male chicks, no one wanted them, but because of the huge outrage in the media, the chicks were bought and put somewhere else. Where they apparently got killed (gassed, I believe) after a certain amount of time, as that is procedure with unwanted animals.
    She ironically does these things to point out how strange the human approach to treating animals is: she seems to believe that any transformation of the animal, whether through genetic manipulation, breeding, or the use of their remains, objectifies the animal, while we simultaneously anthropomorphize those animals we happen to like, such as dogs and cats. She considers this hypocritical.
    It is an interesting line of reasoning, and I can partly see where she is going in her argument. But I also think she takes the idea that this is unnatural or hypocritical a tad too far: nature is red in tooth and claw, and we are all, ironically, a means to an end for some other species, whether human or not. The human body contains more cells of bacteria than actual human cells (about ten times more) which mostly reside in our guts in an intricate system of mutual dependency; while our entire agriculture is basically based on humans acting as huge bees or beetles when it comes to the pollination of the plants we depend on for our sustenance, while we act as ants to protect these plants against threats.
    But who knows? Perhaps we, over time, have started to anthropomorphize things so much that we indeed, honestly, believe that all life is sacred, or at least deserves a humane death and use of its remains. Considering the state of the world around me however, I am currently inclined to agree with Tinkebell that this idea is either a delusion or a fascinating case of compartmental thinking.

  7. Taxidermy for the purpose of art is clearly the invention of a deranged mind 🙂 On a piggy-related note, however, did you see this on “porkophobia”, by a muslim scientist.

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