Genuine Mustelids is an independent mustelid resource created by a collaboration of artists, taxidermists and animal caretakers from across the globe. Although we assembled over a wide range of interests, one thing we all share in common is our passion for mustelids. Our overall goal is to help promote a more accurate and insightful image of mustelids for both art and education. All team members are volunteers and work to provide content for this website when able.
We at Genuine Mustelids are not an authority or animal rights organization, and will not attempt to force our views or persecute any individual over mustelid portrayal, or subjective allegations of treatment. We don’t expect everyone to see mustelids the way we do and fully support our readers to make their own judgments. Outside our member’s personal morals and goals, this website exists publicly as a guide for those who appreciate learning, or at the very least considering what is being less commonly taught.
How we help
Having a website that educates people about real-life mustelids is one thing, but how does a list of fictional media help these animals in the real world? Such content is merely fiction and doesn’t represent reality, right? Fictional media shouldn’t reflect on mustelids in the real world, but it often does. People have a tendency to form opinions about elusive animals at an early age based on what they’ve learnt from cartoons, literature and other media, and these early beliefs tend to stick with people through adulthood, regardless of accuracy.
While there are many great scientists and conservation organizations that both help educate people about mustelids and protect their habitat, few examine or take advantage of popular culture to inspire others care about the existence of these often misunderstood animals. We the average people may not be zoologists and don’t personally study the science behind mustelids, but we have the most influence when it comes to improving their reputation, because after all, it was average people who gave rise to the reputation they have. How mustelids are viewed in society is important if we want more of the general public to value the information conservationists provide.
For some people their interest in mustelids stem from a born passion for wildlife, but for many others, it all started with a favorite childhood or young adulthood character. Memorable characters such as Taggerung the otter, Kine the least weasel, and Bill the badger are among a few that have inspired people to learn more about these amazing creatures. For this reason, we believe combining both educational and fictional media to be a great way in helping people become more interested in mustelids. [Continue to: What are the Issues?]
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