Disturbing Taxidermy – Artist Pleads Guilty to Wildlife Smuggling
Enrique Gomez De Molina was accused of importing bizarre things such as orangutan skulls, a king cobra, a slow loris, a woolly-necked stork and other protected species for use in sculptures he sold for as much as $80,000.
Two of his sculptures recently sold at a local art fair for $100,000.
De Molina claims he is was just trying to raise awareness of the dangers associated with genetic engineering, like putting together the head of a squirrel and the body of the crab, or the heads of two swans placed on the body of a goat.
For all his trouble in importing the body parts of endangered species, like the remains of cobras, hornbills, pangolins from all over the world, Molina could face 5 years in prison and a hefty $250,000 fine.
I’m equal parts disgusted & fascinated.