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The right to be eaten. Greens push it again

By johnboy - 18 July 2012 19

Tireless advocate for the right to be eaten by wild animals, the Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur, is pushing the barrow once more as concerns are raised about the cost of dying in Canberra.

ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur says a cemetery that gives more Canberrans the option of natural burial would provide a more affordable burial option and reduce pressure on traditional burial services.

“A growing number of ACT residents are interested in returning to the earth in a natural and environmentally friendly way,” Ms Le Couteur said.

“Sustainable alternatives to traditional burial or cremation include biodegradable coffins and shrouds. Natural burial methods have been operating successfully in other jurisdictions for many years.

“Today the Canberra Times reported that costs for traditional burial continue to rise and this includes high maintenance costs. Natural burials are a more affordable option that as well as having low environmental impact also have much lower costs.

“Because they are natural spaces, natural burial grounds do not require the heavy maintenance and watering needed for conventional cemeteries.

“These cemeteries can also become natural preserves for native vegetation and wildlife. As an identified wildlife corridor, the Tuggeranong site is an ideal location for a nature reserve.

Handy way to dispose of murdered corpses too one imagines.

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The right to be eaten. Greens push it again
trevar 4:23 pm 18 Jul 12

HenryBG said :

devils_advocate said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I have no problem with this, seems sensible.

So long as they’re buried at least 6 ft deep. I know it seems like it should go without saying, but one can never assume with these loonies.

Yeah. Keep your eye on them. It’s a slippery slope. They’ll be demanding the right to marry corpses next.

You’re not from the Australian Christian Lobby, by any chance, Henry? 😀

Thumper 4:19 pm 18 Jul 12

Personally speaking, I am hoping for mummification and a rather large pyramid.

But each to their own.

chewy14 4:18 pm 18 Jul 12

How about the natural option of being turned into fertiliser or compost and then being spread onto local playing fields?
Solves two problems at once.

Jethro 4:16 pm 18 Jul 12

I was hoping they were pushing for the legalisation of Tibetan sky burials.

Martlark 4:15 pm 18 Jul 12

Plenty of religions do not require 6 feet under burial. The Zoroastrians for example have a tradition of leaving bodies out in the open on “towers of silence” for scavenging birds to devour. Hindus will be burnt on a pile of wood and the remains thrown into a holy river. Neither option seems to be available in the ACT. Time for the Greens to display their multicultural props and get busy.

HenryBG 4:05 pm 18 Jul 12

devils_advocate said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I have no problem with this, seems sensible.

So long as they’re buried at least 6 ft deep. I know it seems like it should go without saying, but one can never assume with these loonies.

Yeah. Keep your eye on them. It’s a slippery slope. They’ll be demanding the right to marry corpses next.

p1 4:02 pm 18 Jul 12

devils_advocate said :

So long as they’re buried at least 6 ft deep. I know it seems like it should go without saying, but one can never assume with these loonies.

Actually, shallow burial would make much more sense. Bioturbation only takes place quite shallow in local soils (apart from the roots of large trees). Add to that the cost and disturbance of digging deep holes. So long as you could fence out cats and dogs, it would make more sense to bury the bodies just deep enough to keep the birds out.

colourful sydney rac 3:54 pm 18 Jul 12

troll-sniffer said :

I would gladly be left out in the wilds to be disposed of by whatever fauna takes a fancy to my hydrocarbons. Given that it’s not an option, I will have to accept that those who deal with my cold corpse will need to support an industry that preys on emotional weaknesses in the popu;ation at large. With that in mind my will demands that my executor find the simplest and cheapest option to dispose of what I will have no further use for.

Much like Spike Milligan, I would prefer to to be buried in a washing machine to confuse archaeologists

longshanks 3:42 pm 18 Jul 12

Definitely a good idea. However, it would probably never work in practice because of this:

http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/revealed-grisly-trade-in-body-parts-20120717-228jx.html

troll-sniffer 3:41 pm 18 Jul 12

I would gladly be left out in the wilds to be disposed of by whatever fauna takes a fancy to my hydrocarbons. Given that it’s not an option, I will have to accept that those who deal with my cold corpse will need to support an industry that preys on emotional weaknesses in the popu;ation at large. With that in mind my will demands that my executor find the simplest and cheapest option to dispose of what I will have no further use for.

How_Canberran 3:34 pm 18 Jul 12

Spiral said :

Perhaps we should bury bodies in the nature reserves so next time activists dig up what they think is a location where culled kangaroos have been buried they will get a real shock!

Or how about Caroline’s old stomping ground…..Nimbin?

Spiral 3:21 pm 18 Jul 12

Perhaps we should bury bodies in the nature reserves so next time activists dig up what they think is a location where culled kangaroos have been buried they will get a real shock!

devils_advocate 2:49 pm 18 Jul 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I have no problem with this, seems sensible.

So long as they’re buried at least 6 ft deep. I know it seems like it should go without saying, but one can never assume with these loonies.

Deref 2:48 pm 18 Jul 12

Sounds like a bloody good idea to me.

colourful sydney rac 2:25 pm 18 Jul 12

I have no problem with this, seems sensible.

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