Target: Phil Paramore, owner of Museum Arts, Inc.
Goal: Express disgust for Museum Arts’ recommendation to slaughter two healthy mules for display purposes at the American Museum of Agriculture
Recently, the American Museum of Agriculture purchased two healthy mules at an auction for $3,000. The price paid suggests that these two mules were in good health, at ages 28 and 32. The two were purchased, however, for the sole purpose of being killed and then preserved by a taxidermist so that they could be placed on display at the museum.
The museum responded to criticism with the following statement:
“To complete this exhibit, Museum Arts strongly recommended that we obtain professionally preserved mules in full harness to allow our visitors to understand how essential animal power was to this stage of American agriculture. Our board did consider the use of fiberglass replicas but were advised that the impact of the exhibit would be substantially diminished. Mr. Phil Paramore of Museum Arts said, “The reason that you use a real animal is to most accurately show the way the activity was done at the time. A fiberglass replica just doesn’t convey the same message.”
As a result of making an exhibit more “realistic” through the slaughter of real and perfectly healthy animals, the only thing which has become diminished is the museum’s image. The inclusion of real animals in no way elevates the value of the exhibit in any way which justifies their killing, especially after having considered fiberglass. The act was unethical, and the company should not be granted further patronage while they continue to advise such actions. Make a stand against what should be considered animal cruelty, and boycott both usage of Museum Arts, Inc. services as well as attendance at the American Museum of Agriculture until they offer an overhaul of their methods.
Dear Mr. Paramore,
The American Museum of Agriculture recently purchased two mules in auction, and they proceeded to kill them and put them on display for an exhibit. The museum’s Board of Directors states that it had considered the use of fiberglass replicas of mules, but went ahead with the use of real ones as recommended by you and your company — allegedly in an effort to maintain authenticity.
The museum followed your advice so as not to lose realism, but all it has gained is negative public attention and a stain on its image. Killing two healthy mules merely for an exhibit display is not an ethical act, and the aim to be “realistic” is far from a reasonable justification. You would not, by this logic, include real human beings for an exhibit. Please halt all further advisory to kill healthy animals for the public’s entertainment.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Roberto Pagani