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You make Bunny cry!

August 22, 2010

Sheril Kirshenbaum at the Intersection Blog alerts us to an article that appeared in Spiegel Online last October about the mad synergy in Sweden of urban pest control and peak oil: Bunnies for BTU.

The Spiegel article quotes a professional Swedish rodent hunter who is hired by the city of Stockholm to gun down stray rabbits and hand over the carcasses for deep-freezing and incineration in a central Swedish heat plant.

Well, not quite.

Oh, the bunnies get killt, for sure. But, to shatter morbid images of stiff lop ears stacked like cordwood before the roaring furnace, the truth of their end is less up-the-chimney and more poured-out-the-rendering-tank. Belying the spirit, if not the letter, of the Spiegel’s lede “Shot, Frozen and Burnt“, the rabbits are processed, along with dead farm animals and slaughterhouse trailings, for their fat content, which is then refined for biofuel oil.

Animal-source biodiesel is hardly fringe. It is, however, delightfully charming. Or so you’ll think after having the process described in French & scored to a walking piano jazz soundtrack.

Biodiesel notwithstanding, you know what they say about bunnies. They warm you twice: once when you cuddle them, and once when toss them in the furnace.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2010 5:28 pm

    Just don’t get started with the de’ Medici family of bunnies…

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