Minibeast Ethics and Policies
Our Company Statement
All of the insect specimens we work with are raised on farms which help to preserve the valuable rainforest habitat by providing villagers an ethical income other than clearing virgin tropical rainforest. Raising insects to sell is sometimes the only incentive some indigenous people have to save the environment they live in.
Butterflies that we use are raised on the farms expressly for lifetime preservation and have lived their entire lifespan of about a month. The specimens are from butterfly and insect farms in Australia, Asia, North, Central and Southern America rainforest areas which breed for insect collectors around the world.
Butterflies live their entire lifespan on these rainforest farms, and produce eggs for the next generation. In the wild, less than 7% of butterfly eggs will survive to adulthood. In contrast, captive breeding programs on butterfly farms achieve 70%-90% survival rates. The farms also release up to 20% of all the generation back into the wild helping to preserve the insects in their natural habitat.
Hopefully our work will introduce some wonderful species to brighten peoples homes who otherwise would have never experienced one in the wild. These real butterfly displays are great for environmentally friendly gifts, artistic displays, teachers, scientists and private collectors.
We work with many projects and farms around the globe. Click on the Ethics tab in the top menu to read about some of these.
Here at Minibeast we strive to source our animal pieces with as much background knowledge as possible. We only work with suppliers who collect animals that have died naturally in the wild. Many of our skulls and skeletons are found in the countryside and have died from such natural causes as; being killed by a predator, illness, old age, still born or birth complications.
We also often obtain animals killed on the roads. Some bones from animals like chickens, ducks, alligators, and rabbits and even snakes are a by-product of the farming industry in many parts of the world.