Over population and city live combined with abundant fossil fuels give rise to cremation in the western world. Man’s companion the omnipresent cat’s and dog’s have there own crematoriums and if a better method than cremation in the form of pyrolysis is available pet cremations are in our spotlight. In places where human cremation is heavy regulated, pet-cremation can act as a introduction because it’s a special kind of waste disposal.
But 311 doesn’t tell you what to do with a rotting animal carcass until your normal trash pickup day. So you call Clarke or any one of the numerous other people and services who will pick up your animal. How many animals are we talking about? “About 90 percent of pets die by euthanasia,” says Dr. Amy Kurowski of St. Marks Veterinary Hospital. In her practice, about 95 percent of those are cremated.
In the rest of the country, it may still be common to bury the family pet in the backyard. But there are an estimated 1.7 million pets in New York City, and most apartment dwellers don’t have that option.