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EXCLUSIVE 'My Strange Addiction' Preview: Taxidermy Edition (Ew.)

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 29th 2011 10:00AM
My Strange Addiction, DivyaTLC's 'My Strange Addiction' isn't for the faint of heart (or stomach), but this week's episode features a particularly stomach-churning addiction.

Meet Divya, a 28-year-old obsessed with taxidermied animals. An odd (and slightly creepy) obsession, but not completely out of the ordinary. But her addiction goes one step further -- she likes to scavenge the dead animal carcasses herself. Think: parks, on the side of the road, etc.

Pardon me for judging, but EW. Watch Divya in action in AOL TV's exclusive preview clip below.

'My Strange Addiction' airs Sun., July 31 at 10PM ET.

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Skylar Laine

Sacredmakeup I found that comment really offensive because I'm from Mississippi and we aren't a bunch of stupid rednecks that can't even talk right and we don't just go "shoot thangs". I hunt every deer season. There are strict rules and regulations that we have to follow or we get our license taken away. Plus if we didnt hunt at all, the deer would over populate and starve to death. We use every part of the deer. We use all the meat possible, the antlers, and the fur. We also just can't kill as many as we want a year. There is a limit on how many bucks and doe we can esch kill and the bucks antlers have to be a certain size and u cannot shoot a doe that has babies with it. Hunting is a very strict sport that is followed properly with some exceptions of people that want to break the rules. You should think before you speak because hunting is way more humane than putting a cow on a farm so it can be butchered and have no chance of escaping. A deer has a great chance of escape because they smell and hear so well and hunters miss a lot. Also the deer get to live their life in the wild to do whatever they want and only have three months of hunting season. There is no cow season or chicken season. Think about that next time u dig into a burger or some chicken. Deer hunting is a great sport that is very organized and has a very great purpose. You should do some research on hunting deer because its nothing like you obviously think it is. We have respect for these animals and know that they are very smart. We are very grateful to be able to keep their population balanced and use all of what we kill. None goes to waste. You should not judge her because she wants to hunt that is ridiculous. You think if u would like it if we cut out hunting and u started hitting deer every night with your car because there are so many of them and no one to balance the population? Nope I really don't think you would. Sorry but u offended me and I'm gonna stand up for her and all hunters that follow the rules of the hunting sport.

September 04 2011 at 12:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

At first I had no problem with her love for taxidermy, as I appreciate any type of art and self expression. But by the end of the episode I was completely disgusted with her attitude towards taxidermy. She went from finding already deceased animals, and re-articulating them into art , to wanting a hunting license to end an innocent (and "larger") animal's life for her own selfish enjoyment. Why go out and kill when there are other ways of obtaining specimen that are already deceased, or died of natural causes? I feel like she has no respect for life and frankly I have lost respect for her as an artist in general...its one thing to appreciate the beauty of an animal and to want to recreate a life like appearance to enjoy looking at after its death, but its another thing to CAUSE its death! In my eyes she went from a pretty, artistic, quirky girl who had rockin style, to a typical good 'ol boy who "likes to shoot thangs" in the woods cause its fun.. EWW..she sucks.

August 05 2011 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Skylar Laine

I don't thnk there is a thing wrong with what she does. The end results of her work is amazing! I have deer heads all over my house becuase I hunt and I think anyone that can do that with an animals body is very skilled! She should open her own taxidermy shop and make some big bucks doing things like deer and bigger animals for people that want mounts. I can't stand anyone that would tell her that what she does is weird or nasty. She does what she loves and she creates beautiful artwork in my opinion. There is NO reason for her to stop. She is a beautiful girl with a unique skill its not an addiction. You go girl and get you a big deer!

August 04 2011 at 2:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Her/ur work is awesome. U go girl. Taking ur love 4 taxidermy is better than a relationship, right on. If they can't handle what else would have a problem with, find out now and DON'T LET ANYONE CHANGE U. That's is recyling too the max. Why kill when it comes to u naturally. Bless U girl.

August 03 2011 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Divya is awesome and I'd love to meet her. She just need to meet a country boy that's all . Heck in the country she could even make it into a business and get paid for it

August 01 2011 at 1:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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