Now, There's A Way To Turn Your Dead Pets Into Energy


The vet did her best, but it wasn’t enough. Your hamster Dave has just passed away. How do you process the death of your favorite pet? Actually, let me be more exact: how do you process Dave’s little corpse? In the Netherlands, the vet can give you three options: burial, cremation or "the Destructor".

According to Dutch website watisdestructie.nl the Destructor is basically a sophisticated meat grinder that turns dead animals into biomass energy. Beware: The site is not for the faint hearted—it contains a video of a white horse being tossed into the colossal contraption.

Rendac Son is the company that handles all "destructions" in the Netherlands. As stated on their website they specialize in “the innovative and sustainable processing of particular organic waste and animal by-products.” In other words, they recycle dead animals. Rendac Son is a branch of Texas-based company Darling Ingredients International—a very wise name choice considering the fact that their eco-friendly industry runs on cute animals.

This cute kitten can generate enough energy to keep a 11 Watt light bulb on for about 56 hours.

Rendac Son is also employed by the government to technically be a huge garbage disposal, except they deal with dead animals instead of garbage. According to Dutch law, citizens are obligated to toss horses, cows, pigs and sheep that aren’t for consuming into the Destructor. The fate of pet animals like cats and dogs is in the hands of the owner. Ellen, an employee at the animal hospital in Amsterdam explained to me that the number of people who choose the destructor isn't insignificant: “About half of Dutch pets get cremated, predominantly cats and dogs. The other half—mostly smaller pets—are processed by the government.”

I thought that was just a nice way of saying "they get chewed up by the big metal teeth of the destructor" but Rendac’s Tom Doomen explained what the process exactly entails: “The cadavers are grinded, burnt, sterilized and divided. That leaves us with water, animal meal (protein) and fat. We use the fat as fuel for our own machines and we turn the animal meal into biomass energy which we sell to energy companies.”

By Stephen Bell 
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Now, There's A Way To Turn Your Dead Pets Into Energy Now, There's A Way To Turn Your Dead Pets Into Energy Reviewed by Daniel Weaver on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Rating: 5

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