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It was an infamous page in the history of mankind. This obsession of fashion left its mark on wildlife, which spent several next decades recovering from a century of human cruelty. Some animal species were lost, sadly, irretrievably – because of the hats.
See also the pre-Columbian societies of the Americas wearing parrot feathers on their heads and sacrificing them to their gods, and judge yourself whose customs were wilder: “When parrots were sacrificed”