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Stockholm's Bunny-Fueled Heating Plant

samzenpus posted about 5 years ago | from the hossenfeffer-hot dept.

Idle 11

The city of Stockholm has an interesting way of dealing with the thousands of rabbits killed every year to protect trees and shrubbery in the city’s parks. The bunnies are transported to a special heating plant, where the bodies are burned as a form of bioenergy. Last year Stockholm burned over 6,000 bunny briquettes. As to be expected many animal rights activists say they would rather go cold. "Those who support the culling of rabbits surely think it's good to use the bodies for a good cause. But it feels like they're trying to turn the animals into an industry rather than look at the main problem," said Anna Johannesson of Vilda kaniners ("Society for the Protection of Wild Rabbits").

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Why restrict it to just bunnies? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 5 years ago | (#29758991)

Plenty of animals die every day. I had to pay the animal shelter $60 to put down and cremate my dog; I would have let them use for for energy for free. And of course, there's all those damn Homo Sapiens taking up valuable real estate...

The joke is sad when you think about it. (1)

tecnico.hitos (1490201) | about 5 years ago | (#29759483)

And of course, there's all those damn Homo Sapiens taking up valuable real estate...

I know it's a sad opinion to have, but the human overpopulation problem is the worst overpopulation problem of all animals.

Humans are large animals, take way more resources than needed for feeding, have no natural predator, reproduction control is not imposed by most countries and the excess population can't be simply euthanized.

Wars, criminality and epidemies end up being the only effective ways of population control. Which are not even (and shouldn't be) intended for this.

It's really a sad situation. What are we supposed to do?

Re:The joke is sad when you think about it. (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 5 years ago | (#29764235)

I was referring to already dead humans.

t's really a sad situation. What are we supposed to do? Eliminate the surplus population. Start with yourself. If you can't do that, then stop complaining about the problem.

Re:The joke is sad when you think about it. (1)

ThorofAsgard (1644263) | about 5 years ago | (#29792583)

But if we start using dead humans for heating fuel, how far are we from Soylent Green?

Re:The joke is sad when you think about it. (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 5 years ago | (#29795699)

Offhand, I'd say it is about one "Hmm... tastes like chicken" comment away from Soylent Green. The taboos against cannibalism exist because it is one of the most effective vectors for spreading disease. Take away the risk of disease, and there is nothing intrinsically wrong or immoral about eating something or someone that is already dead. (Killing it because you are hungry is a different matter, of course.) In my belief system, people that are dead have no further use for their corporeal shell. Your belief system may differ, and I respect that.

Every time you turn up your thermostat... (1)

noidentity (188756) | about 5 years ago | (#29760383)

...a cute fuzzy bunny gets burned to a crisp. Think of the bunnies!

Solve our oil problems (1, Funny)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | about 5 years ago | (#29760637)

Instead of burning bunnies, let's burn Republicans. Think of the energy we could get from their fat, greasy potato-shaped bodies and their fleshy Lou Dobbs sized heads.

Re:Solve our oil problems (1)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | about 5 years ago | (#29764837)

Look, someone marked my post as flamebait. Considering the content of the post, I can't agree more.

Re:Solve our oil problems (1)

Canazza (1428553) | about 5 years ago | (#29794973)

why don't we burn you?

oh, wait, sorry, I mis-read your username...
I thought it was Propane Motherfucker...

Re:Solve our oil problems (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 5 years ago | (#29801461)

Well, that would certainly eliminate the "you can't burn them, they're too cute!" argument!

"The main problem" (1)

thered2001 (1257950) | about 5 years ago | (#29761667)

Yes, it's shocking they're not dealing with the main problem: shrubberies. Or rabbits with an appetite. Clearly the Swedish government needs to either, (a) rip all the greenery from the Stockholm parks and public areas in a preemptive strike (resulting in lots of starved rabbit carcasses for fuel) or, (b) set up a research program to develop rabbits which don't eat. I think it's obvious which would be best and benefit all mankind...but will they have the nerve?
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