Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Burning Issue

With news that a local Hindu up here in the North East has successfully overturned a court decision preventing him from having a traditional Hindu funeral pyre I got to thinking about those Tibetan Sky Burials again briefly. I wonder whether 30-40 years down the line when these open pyres have become less controversial whether the market may open up enough to allow a birder his last wish.
By then numbers of Red Kite should be sufficiently high to take care of at least a body a day. A nice flat topped hill in Northumberland, a hundred or so gledes and you have the ultimate low carbon, environmentally friendly dispatch.
The Jedi religion managed to get recognition with a census number with 390,000 supporters, should be easy enough to match that if we can persuade the RSPB to back us. Now there's a 'Feed the Birds' campaign the marketing people could have fun with.....

3 comments:

Thing said...

Careful Alan, if certain people get wind of this they'll have introduced White-rumped Vultures all over hills feasting on the ex-residents with nice viewing platforms laid on for the birders.

Of course they'll be able to justify the introduction because Vultures probably knocked about up there when the land was part of pangaea or somthing...

Tim Sexton said...

A great way to go, limb from limb, morsel to morsel.....'

Gary said...

I reckon thats my funeral plans sorted! 21 now so got plenty time to get the kite numbers up. hey, maybe even a passing goldie will feed upon me!!!