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Handbag Made From Dead Cat Sells at Auction for $400

Handbag Made From Dead Cat Sells at Auction for $400

Well, apparently it's true that if you live long enough, you see everything.  Including a whole bunch of things you don't want to.

This handbag, made from a ginger cat struck and killed by a car, just sold at auction on Wednesday for NZ$545 (approximately US$400).

The handbag is the creation of professional taxidermist Claire Third of Christchurch, New Zealand.  She found the cat by the side of the road after he'd already passed and decided to turn his remains into a purse—because who wouldn't?  (Oh, wait…NOBODY would.) 

Listing the "Tom" handbag on the auction site TradeMe, Third described it as "a very stylish handbag for the girl that has everything."  

Everything other than a soul, apparently.  

She'd originally hoped for somewhere in the vicinity of $1400 for the putrid purse, but ended up having to settle for a mere $400. 

Still, there were plenty who were as repulsed by this asinine accessory as we were.  "How about someone shot you and stuffed you, would you like it? Bet not," said one user.  "Leave the cats alone let them rest in peace!" another exclaimed.

Ms. Third claims that, despite her profitable sale, the backlash she's faced has given her such a bad case of the sads that she's had to take the day off work.

Quelle horreur!

Third doesn't only stuff cats, of course.  But, "I get a lot of cats because they kill them because of the bird population," she explained.

As you may have already heard, New Zealand has adopted the "ambitious goal" of eradicating all outdoor cats by 2050, with an environmental activist suggesting in 2013 to kill every feral cat in the country.

You already know how we feel about that.

Purrsonally, if we were going to spend that kind of money on a handbag, we'd opt for this beauty by vegan handbag designer Gunas New York—smart, stylish, and no animals had to die for it.

Pay attention, Mr. "Homer's Mom"—our birthday's coming up! 

(h/t: BBC News)

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