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Thursday, June 29, 2006

THE EU & THE LIVING DEAD IN IRELAND

Now, the traditional Irish funeral is under threat from those bores in the European Union.

Stavros Dimas, the EU environment commissioner, wants a Europe-wide ban on some of the chemicals used by embalmers. He says that the chemicals pose a danger to living organisms.

But they're used on dead people. What living organisms is he worried about, exactly? The maggots and beetles that feast on the deceased?
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Incidentally this is a short section of a longer article by Spiked's Brendan O'Neill which I found not directly but through John Ray's Greeniewatch from Australia. Small world.

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