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Lubbock, Texas-based Avalanche-Journal reports that "budget worries and natural gas costs have led Lubbock Animal Services to idle the crematorium." Instead they will be freezing and then land-filling carcasses of euthanized pets. This is absolutely the best thing to do environmentally. Instead of burning fossil fuel and disposing ashes in the land fill, animals go to the landfill directly, where, over time, the resulting methane produced by decaying Fifis and Felixes can be collected, filtered, compressed, and used to generate electricity. A much smaller 'paw-print' any way you look at it.The Agency has been spending up to $56,000, annually, for the crematorium's natural gas bill.
...shelter supervisor Shawn Byrd said 20 to 30 animals per day -- sometimes as many as 50 -- are euthanized to keep the facility from becoming overcrowded.There's enough data here for someone to do the carbon emissions math, if they wish.
That amounts to about 3,000 pounds of animal remains taken to the landfill every week, Overstreet said.
I'm not sure I get why the supposed freeze-drying is even necessary. Heck, they could save on the electricity bill and make it refrigeration - same amount of storage space.
A personal request.
Do me a favor, please. Don't go giving the City of Lubbock TX any grief because I brought this to your attention. It ought to remain a local decision and the ethical judgments of outsiders don't need to be inserted.
On the other hand, if you agree with me that, in general, this practice would be good for the climate as well as city budgets, passing a link along to your own city administrators or local elected officials would be fine.