Bodhran player; dog.
The UK Times reports that Custy’s Traditional Music Shop in Ireland is selling bodhrans made from greyhound skins, instead of more traditional ungulate hides.
Outrage and defensiveness are voiced from various parties, but the closest we get to examining the double-standard that drums made from goats are somehow better than drums made from dogs (or, as far as I’m concerned, humans) is from store manager John O’Connor:
I mean, where do you stop with diet and clothing choice? You’d have to ask how humanely can an animal be put down or is it humane to bring up an animal for slaughter? If we go down that road we’d all be living on grass.
There seems to be plenty of trade in synthetic bodhrans. Hopefully public distaste for canine hides, combined with the risk of contracting inhaled anthrax like Pascal Norris or Vado Diamande will help these synthetics become even more successful.