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German inventor's "cat fuel" angers animal lovers
Reuters ^ | September 14, 2005 | Staff

Posted on 09/14/2005 8:27:28 AM PDT by MadIvan

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German inventor has angered animal rights activists with his answer to fighting the soaring cost of fuel -- dead cats.

Christian Koch, 55, from the eastern county of Saxony, told Bild newspaper that his organic diesel fuel -- a home-made blend of garbage, run-over cats, and other ingredients -- is a proven alternative to normal consumer diesel.

"I drive my normal diesel-powered car with this mixture," Koch said. "I have gone 170,000 km (106,000 miles) without a problem."

The website of Koch's firm, "Alphakat GmbH", says his patented "KDV 500" machine can produce what he calls the "bio-diesel" fuel at about 23 euro cents (30 cents) a litre, which is about one-fifth the price at petrol stations now.

Koch said around 20 dead cats added into the mix could help produce enough fuel to fill up a 50-litre (11 gallon) tank.

But the president of the German Society for the Protection of Animals, Wolfgang Apel, said using dead cats for fuel was illegal.

"There's no danger for cats and dogs in Germany because this practice is outlawed in Germany," Apel told Bild on Wednesday in a story entitled "Can you really make fuel out of cats?"

"We're going to keep an eye on this case," Apel said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biodiesels; cats; fuel
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I'm allergic to cats. Glad a use has been found for them.

Regards, Ivan


1 posted on 09/14/2005 8:27:33 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: Deetes; Barset; fanfan; LadyofShalott; Tolik; mtngrl@vrwc; pax_et_bonum; Alkhin; agrace; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 09/14/2005 8:28:09 AM PDT by MadIvan (You underestimate the power of the Dark Side - http://www.sithorder.com/)
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To: MadIvan

What a waste of good meat.


3 posted on 09/14/2005 8:28:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MadIvan

Works for me.

Now when someone invents a fuel use for LIBERALS, THEN you'd be talking!


4 posted on 09/14/2005 8:28:39 AM PDT by highlymotivated (If American ever falls, a STINKING LIBERAL will be behind it.)
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To: MadIvan

One of the best books ever written: 1001 Things to do with a dead Cat.


5 posted on 09/14/2005 8:28:56 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: MadIvan

How many CPG's (cats per gallon) is that?


6 posted on 09/14/2005 8:29:13 AM PDT by TheForceOfOne (The alternative media is our Enigma machine.)
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To: MadIvan

In related news, prices at Chinese and Korean Restaurants are going up......


7 posted on 09/14/2005 8:29:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (BLAME = Democrat .......BALM = Republican.........Which would an evacuee choose?......)
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To: MadIvan

8 posted on 09/14/2005 8:29:44 AM PDT by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: MadIvan

Put a tiger in your tank.


9 posted on 09/14/2005 8:29:44 AM PDT by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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To: MadIvan
Provacative stunt rhetoric. If he'd said 'animal remains' he wouldn't have gotten the press-- 'dead cats' gets the headlines.

What are they worried about, raising cats for fuel purposes? That's more dumb than ethanol!

10 posted on 09/14/2005 8:30:49 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: MadIvan

This stuff is guaranteed to make your engine purr.


11 posted on 09/14/2005 8:30:51 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: MadIvan

It'll make your engine purr.


12 posted on 09/14/2005 8:31:44 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: MadIvan

Bet that car purrs like a kitten.


13 posted on 09/14/2005 8:32:01 AM PDT by RockinRight (What part of ILLEGAL immigration do they not understand?)
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To: steveo

I bet that engine just purrs, along.


14 posted on 09/14/2005 8:32:20 AM PDT by pennboricua
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

LOL, every now and then you have to throw in a liberal....Gatta grease the internals


15 posted on 09/14/2005 8:32:26 AM PDT by MadeInAmerica
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
This stuff is guaranteed to make your engine purr.

Yeah but it'll only run when it wants to.

16 posted on 09/14/2005 8:33:44 AM PDT by Bob
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To: MadIvan

17 posted on 09/14/2005 8:34:08 AM PDT by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: MadIvan
We are not amused!



18 posted on 09/14/2005 8:34:20 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Tampa Bay, Home of the Stanley Cup Champions The Tampa Bay Lightning!)
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To: MadIvan

How many catpower is one horsepower?


19 posted on 09/14/2005 8:34:22 AM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: tiredoflaundry

ROFLMAO


20 posted on 09/14/2005 8:35:14 AM PDT by MadeInAmerica
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To: MadeInAmerica

4 purr jokes in a row. Can't you guys come up with something a little more original?:)


21 posted on 09/14/2005 8:35:39 AM PDT by calex59
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To: MadeInAmerica

;-)


22 posted on 09/14/2005 8:35:39 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Tampa Bay, Home of the Stanley Cup Champions The Tampa Bay Lightning!)
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To: MadIvan
Alright, I've got most of the ingredients, somebody get me the recipe.

My Chevy's going to eat tonight!

23 posted on 09/14/2005 8:36:22 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs ("Nuthin' ain't worth nuthin', but it's free.")
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To: MadIvan

I can't stand cats either, but what is it with Germans and burning dead bodies?


24 posted on 09/14/2005 8:36:41 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: MadIvan

this might be illegal in germany; I know that in the UK it is an offense to use a car (or road, not sure on the technical) without paying petrol tax...there was some guy charged who was mixing vegtable oil and something else in england, IIRC.


25 posted on 09/14/2005 8:36:50 AM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: Slicksadick

That one cat could solve our present fuel shortage.


26 posted on 09/14/2005 8:37:15 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: MadIvan
I wonder how many meows to the gallon
27 posted on 09/14/2005 8:37:36 AM PDT by tophat9000 (This bulletin just in:"Chinese's Fire Drill's" will now be known as "New Orleans' Hurricane Drill's")
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To: MadIvan

Prepare for the wrath of the Viking Kitties!


28 posted on 09/14/2005 8:37:58 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: MadIvan

Only drawback is the need for heavy-duty shocks to reduce the inevitable dead cat bounce.


29 posted on 09/14/2005 8:38:27 AM PDT by Monti Cello
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To: MadIvan

Cool! A great use of road kill! :-)


30 posted on 09/14/2005 8:39:12 AM PDT by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: Slicksadick

LOL! The last of the free cats!

From now on, they'll be worth 35 cents, or more, as fuelstock!


31 posted on 09/14/2005 8:39:50 AM PDT by headsonpikes (The Liberal Party of Canada are not b*stards - b*stards have mothers!)
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To: highlymotivated
Why, Kennedy himself must have enough potential energy to provide for one cross country trip in an RV!
32 posted on 09/14/2005 8:40:19 AM PDT by SaveTheChief ("Kittens give Morbo gas.")
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To: WoofDog123

The cost referenced here is misleading. The .23 cents is what normal fuel costs in Germany before the government adds the other 4/5ths in taxes.

When you drive up to a gas pump in Germany there is a sticker that tells you that .73 Euro per liter is tax. So add that to the alphakat cost and now you are right at about .96 Euro per liter which is about what the going price for Diesel is currently.

Taxes man! they suck


33 posted on 09/14/2005 8:40:53 AM PDT by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: MadIvan; Fierce Allegiance; flashbunny

34 posted on 09/14/2005 8:41:02 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: MadIvan

I resent this thread! How can anyone joke about the casual taking of feline life? Hiss! Pfft!


35 posted on 09/14/2005 8:41:12 AM PDT by Calico Cat
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To: calex59

A purrfect solution to energy problems?


36 posted on 09/14/2005 8:41:24 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Cloth or link. Happiness is a perfect trunnion.)
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To: MadIvan
I have a CATerpillar bulldozer, this will be ideal.
37 posted on 09/14/2005 8:41:24 AM PDT by U S Army EOD (LET ME KNOW WHERE HANOI JANE FONDA IS WHEN SHE TOURS)
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To: MadIvan

101 uses for a dead cat? Now there's 102.


38 posted on 09/14/2005 8:42:13 AM PDT by anonymous_user (You gotta be passionate about something. I guess.)
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To: MadIvan

Sounds like a "cat's/ass/trophe".


39 posted on 09/14/2005 8:42:54 AM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: highlymotivated

We have enough problems with air pollution already, however on the bright side, if we start burning liberals, we can blame them for gobal warming.

I think anything powered by a liberals would just spin its wheels and go nowhere, if you can actually get it to work.


40 posted on 09/14/2005 8:43:30 AM PDT by U S Army EOD (LET ME KNOW WHERE HANOI JANE FONDA IS WHEN SHE TOURS)
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To: SaveTheChief

That would be one dead fat cat.


41 posted on 09/14/2005 8:44:14 AM PDT by Apparatchik
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To: MadIvan
"There's no danger for cats and dogs in Germany because this practice is outlawed in Germany,"

So, they have a law on the books specifically outlawing the use of dead cats in fuel for internal combustion engines. Now that's a bureaucracy!
42 posted on 09/14/2005 8:44:52 AM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: MadIvan
This post will turn out to be the ***Official Friday Silliness Thread*** for hump day.


Well done MadIvan!



43 posted on 09/14/2005 8:44:56 AM PDT by G.Mason
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To: atomicpossum
What are they worried about, raising cats for fuel purposes?

Why not? The Democrats grow minority children on poverty farms for future voting purposes.

44 posted on 09/14/2005 8:45:50 AM PDT by elbucko
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To: MadIvan
LOL, this is hilarious! It seems to me that if a cat can be used, then any source of meat would work. Why, heck, the Democratic party is full of p*ssies, they could solve our fuel problems overnight!

BTW, I am not sure of the slang "pussies" is used "over there" as it is here in the US. We use it for 1-Cats, 2-femal genitalia, and 3-Timid and cowerdly people.

45 posted on 09/14/2005 8:46:13 AM PDT by Paradox (Just because we are not perfect, does not mean we are not good.)
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To: SaveTheChief

No no. That only applies to HOT AIR balloons. Chappaquiddick Ted is air-lifted into national events to bloviate and fill up the bags.


46 posted on 09/14/2005 8:47:10 AM PDT by highlymotivated (If American ever falls, a STINKING LIBERAL will be behind it.)
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To: SaveTheChief

A room full of liberals can produce enough gas to power an entire city for months.Just imagine the toxic fumes that flow through Ted Kennedy everyday.


47 posted on 09/14/2005 8:48:04 AM PDT by rdcorso (Bill Clinton Stuck His Cigar In Foreign Places And Called It Foreign Policy)
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To: MadIvan

Mt neighbor has 3 cats that I'll donate.


48 posted on 09/14/2005 8:48:46 AM PDT by sandydipper (Less government is best government!)
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To: Calico Cat
He's adding road-kill to his feedstock:

a home-made blend of garbage, run-over cats, and other ingredients -- is a proven alternative to normal consumer diesel.

Anything else, from field mice to deer, would work just as well

49 posted on 09/14/2005 8:49:37 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: MadIvan

I'm not allergic to cats, I own one and I think this is a great idea!

The question becomes, is it just cats that can make this fuel (as opposed to racoons or opposums ~ I hate those things)?

Why can't we use any road kill? MI in spring has a plethora of animals by the side of the road that didn't move fast enough.


50 posted on 09/14/2005 8:50:58 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Prayers for victims of Katrina)
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