Gomez de Molina's art, his taxidermy, is not without controversy. He pled guilty to importing endangered animal parts for his creations in 2011 and he awaits sentencing in the early spring of 2012. If the artist really feels truly sad, as he says, that exotic creatures are vanishing from the earth, he might consider finding another way to go about making his admittedly remarkable art.
Animals he admits to importing parts from incllude; orangutan, slow loris, Java kingfisher and cobra. He could be fined around $250,000 which is not much of a deterrent as his pieces have sold for six figures. Five years in jail is also on the table. If he were a homeless guy digging up turtle eggs? He might get that sort of time but I expect he has better attorneys.
If you search around enough on the internet you will see many in sympathy with him because the work is so beautiful and suggesting he deserves no punishment. So art trumps the real world? Endangered animals should be gutted and sold so people can hang them in their living rooms? Not sure that makes a great deal of sense.