I want to ask the following question, which may be suitable for pets or politics, but I'm not really sure either way – or if it’s on topic anywhere?

Why does Peterborough City Council freeze badgers?

Peterborough City Council has released the amount of animals they freeze each year as part of an open data initiative. For 2013 this includes 101 cats, 4 dogs, 7 rodents and 6 badgers.

I've found an article in the Argus, "Worthing and Adur councils freeze 100 cats and dogs over the last two years", which states that:

Pets killed on the roads are being stored in freezers by councils in case their owners want to reclaim their dead animals.

This seems reasonable(ish) but why then does it apply to foxes, rodents, birds, deer, badgers, hedgehogs and "other".

What is the purpose of freezing these animals?

Where would this question be on-topic?

  • 2
    Wait, what???
    – Mike G
    Oct 31 '14 at 16:04
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    Not sure where that's ontopic, but I hope they are killed with chloroform or a carbon dioxide chamber before freezing. Oct 31 '14 at 16:04
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    It would be appropriate at the next Peterborough City Council meeting. There's little chance you will find a definitive answer to this anywhere else.\
    – user1228
    Oct 31 '14 at 16:06
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    I have this conjecture that everything outside the world of computers and that is not yet on-topic on another Stack Exchange, can be asked on Travel, if cleverly packaged. I have no found the time and questions yet to verify this, but your question seems quite fit for this.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Oct 31 '14 at 16:10
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    Just let it go.
    – user213963
    Oct 31 '14 at 16:24
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    Did you have to create a badgers tag? Really?
    – ɥʇǝS
    Oct 31 '14 at 16:24
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    Quoting Obelix from "Asterix & Obelix": "These americans are crazy" Oct 31 '14 at 16:33
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    @MyNameIsRui Peterborough... though the data.peterborough.gov.uk url should be a hint there too.
    – user213963
    Oct 31 '14 at 17:07
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    Pretty sure asking this on Pets will not go all that well, as the part you are really asking about is about the non-pet animals, which makes it off topic.
    – Ash
    Oct 31 '14 at 17:08
  • @MichaelT Let it go?
    – Andy
    Oct 31 '14 at 17:25
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    @Andy Let it go, let it go. Can't keep them in the fridge anymore. Let it go, let it go. When they thaw, you'll be out the door. / I don't care what they're going to say, let the reports pile on, the paperwork never bothered me anyway!
    – user213963
    Oct 31 '14 at 17:27
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    badgers don't care about where it's on-topic
    – gnat
    Oct 31 '14 at 18:04
  • @MichaelT Made me LOL.
    – Scimonster
    Nov 1 '14 at 18:37

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