“Oooh peacock feather earrings! Look how gorgeous they are!”
Seller: “Yeah, well, they are genuine feather…”
Response 1: “What? That’s so cool! And it’s not even expensive!”
Response 2: “WHAT?! You sick murderer! And you value their lives with such low price!”
Why it’s that self conflict created for the sake of the thrill.
The image of a male peacock holocaust where they get plucked to death was just too horrifying that I passed on buying them. But then I can’t stop thinking about those earrings that I had to do some very important research.
Apparently, “every year, toward the end of summer, peacocks finish shaking their tail feathers, and their stunning plumage gradually falls off”(source).
“These feathers are shed annually during the molt and gathered as a valuable “crop” in many countries through its range”(source).
Hm… the concept of using male’s “dignity tool” to attract females as accessories really is intriguing. I just hope that that really is how they obtain so many pairs of them in exact same sizes…
These fellas really do understand chicks don’t they? Shiny things confuse us! 😆
Go get’em boys!