Genuine Mustelids is a collaboration of artists, writers, 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 clear—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. Outside our member’s personal morals and goals, we exist publicly only 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 great conservation organizations that both help educate people about mustelids and protect their habitats, few take advantage of media to help inspire more people care about the existence of these misunderstood animals. While we the average people are not zoologists and do not personally study the science behind mustelids, 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. There are many people you cannot inspire or teach through academic books or documentaries alone.
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 good way in helping people become more interested in mustelids; perhaps even inspiring a few to become future conservationists. [Continue to: What are the Issues?]
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