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China has a tradition, which dates back thousands of years, of ancestor worship, usually requiring families to bury their relatives and construct a tomb. Now, local governments are urging people to be cremated after death to save what they see as limited land resources. In one city, Anqing in the eastern province of Anhui, all locals who die after June 1 must be cremated according to government regulations, the Beijing News Daily reported. It was there that the six people committed suicide "to avoid the new regulations on funerals", the newspaper said, quoting family members.
local governments are urging people to be cremated after death to save what they see as limited land resources.
the work I do whilst alive will achieve that.
a reply to: ArchPlayer
Europe has an even worse proposal plan that has been floating around last couple of months in the EU, and will be up for a vote as soon as October. Their proposal would make it mandatory for an undertaker or "licensed official" to handle the body, and depending on the region/area force them to dissolve their dead and flush them into a sewage system mandated by the bill. What exactly that is, hasn't been clearly stated yet, but from what has been mentioned, the deceased would be dropped in containers containing a solution made of caustic salts to dissolve then disposed of in the sewage system. No mention is made on whether the bodies will be chopped or not (I'm figuring it may be a possibility due to rigor mortis) but again sounds a lot like Soylent Green to me.