There are several ways to look at the green benefits of Aquamation. First, it is energy efficient. As we say on our homepage: it uses one-twentieth the energy and is one-tenth the carbon footprint as that of cremation. When you look at the percentages, you find that Aquamation cuts natural gas use by 90% and electricity by 66%. Those are staggering differences.
Another way to look at it is through the effluent, the by-product of the process. First, remember that we and our pets are about 65% water. At the end of the process, the body has been returned to its natural form, dissolved in the water. This is the closest process to what happens in Mother Nature. The liquid is a sterile, EPA neutral solution of amino acids, peptides and sugars that is actually suitable for use as fertilizer.
Dr. Lisa Newell of Malibu Coast Animal Hospital says, " Aquamation is how I want pets to be treated. We come into the world from water and what's more natural to leave the world in water?"
Aquamation doesn't preclude honoring your pet in traditional ways. You may still have a natural burial or a green funeral. Just like in cremation, the body is reduced to a mineral ash. However, Aquamation leaves a finer, sandier ash, without cremation's carbon discoloration. The ash is completely sterile, so it can be buried or dispersed without any issues or problems.
CEO Jerry Shevick says, "To us, it seems like common sense:
"What rational choice is there?" Dr. Attila Molnar of Calabasas, California's All Animals Veterinary Center adds, "Aquamation is the only choice for a responsible practice."
In 2010, in the first poll that addressed the idea of Aquamation, Australian papers found that 68% of their readers would choose Aquamation Cremation and burial claimed a far lower 16% each. In fact, seven states in the United States have now even approved Aquamation for humans.
Dog cremation and cat cremation are obviously what most people need an alternative to. But, Aquamation can also handle exotic and small animals like birds and lizards. Unlike other options, they are still able to protect the integrity of the pet and return the ash to the pet's owner.
An American pet cemetery
Green burial and green cremation are really misnomers. Burials excrete methane gas as the body decomposes, so they can't be called green. Even with that in mind, burials have become less and less popular. Time Magazine reported that, for humans, cremation is now used just as much as burial. Nowadays, people move around much more than in prior decades, so the thought of moving away from buried loved ones is more difficult. Some areas, such as Southern California have even made it illegal to bury a human or pet on one's property. Wild animal worries, as well as water table pollution issues are part of the concern. Pet cemeteries, while still occasionally used, are often prohibitively expensive.
The term green cremation is even more incorrect. In a 1990 study the EPA found a who's who of carcinogens in a report entitled Nationwide Emissions from Animal Cremation. A lot of this is common sense: if a pet has been given any kind of drug or chemotherapy, the chemicals that are in the body when cremated are then spewed into the air. To be fair, many crematories have secondary burners that burn off toxins before they get into the air; however, the toxin doesn't just magically disappear. They are then left with toxic ash to deal with. Furthermore, the burning itself consumes an enormous amount of fossil fuel, creating large amounts of carbon monoxide, which is then released directly into the air. There is no denying that pet cremation causes various kinds of emissions. We at Peaceful Pets Aquamation do not want to leave our pets' memories at the end of a smokestack.
Crematory Smoke Stack
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Aquamation isn't some new, untried technology. In fact, it's been used successfully for many years across the world, for both humans and animals, in a variety of institutions. UCLA, the Mayo Clinic, Duke University and the US Government are among the many who have alkaline hydrolysis machinery. Peaceful Pets Aquamation is one of the first in the world to obtain a patented pet sized model.
Alkaline hydrolysis was actually patented in 1888 in England. But, in the mid-1990's doctors brought the process into the 21st century. Confronted with the expensive disposal of animals that were used in radioactive research, Dr. Gordon Kaye, a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Albany Medical College and his colleague, Dr. Peter Weber, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, theorized that alkaline hydrolysis could separate the radioisotopes into the liquid fraction – completely removed from the bone remnants. With this, the modern tissue digester was born. Today tissue digesters are in use all over the world in leading hospitals and research laboratories.
Concurrently to Kaye and Weber's research, Dr. David Taylor proved that hot alkali was one of the few ways, and the most effective way, to reliably destroy infectious viruses and toxins. In fact, his work was used in Britain's outbreak of Mad Cow disease.
With the launching of a pet sized model, Peaceful Pets Aquamation is bringing this green technology to the average pet owner, allowing them to take advantage of the environmental benefits and superior process without costing them any more than they are currently charged.