Pet Cremation

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.

The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery  photo by Jared Gruenwald
The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery
photo by Jared Gruenwald

About Egidius Kuhlmann

Reading about peak-oil, overpopulation, “Terra Preta” and biochar in 2009 and after making batches biochar for soil improvement from garden residue, I thought, why not make biochar from corpses. Deeply worried about the unsustainable path 'we' as humanity have taken, I see a future where fossil fuels are scarce, the western economic growth model in tatters, the global temperature rises due to the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere with an growing population reaching billions more humans than is sustainable? Thinking along those paths, the question “how can we dispose so efficiently and with the least amount of energy of human remains” became the starting point.
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