Animal rendering – Destructie Column part 31
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De verkoop van hondenvet was tot in de achttiende eeuw volledig legaal.. .Niet alleen hondenvet werd in “medicijnen” verwerkt. In Engeland verwerkte een vilder nertsenolie in een smeerseltje, dat door de plaatselijke huisarts werd afgenomen. Hij gebruikte dat als middel tegen jicht en smeerde daarmee de gewrichten van zijn patienten in.
Ook sportverenigingen waren “klant” bij de vilder. Voetballers poetsten hun voetbalschoenen wel in met paardenolie om ze mooi soepel te krijgen en cricketers wreven hun bats in met paardenolie om zo het hout te “voeden” en te voorkomen dat de bats barsten of scheuren gingen vertonen.
Carcass-fat: good for ointments against tuberculosis and gout, smooth soccer shoes and maintenance of cricket-bats.
So dog-fat was a highly demanded “knackery product” and in fact this was until the 18th century in many areas seen as a good medicine against lung tuberculosis. In every region in Germany there was a private “Schindersalbe” or „Scharfrichtereipflaster ” based on dog-fat. It was only available at the knackeries and each knackerman had its own secret recipe that he inherited from his parents.
The ointments were also made on the knackeries. The fact, that at most oft he knackeries the hygiene was lamentable, did not matter at that time did not matter. It was believed just in the working of the ointment ….
Sometimes it went so far that people even brought their own dog to the knacker for the fat of the animal. The knacker then killed the dog , flayed the body, rendered the fat therefrom and delivered this against certain cost-back to the owner of the dog.
Until the 18th century the sale of dog-fat was completely legal..
Not only dog-fat was processed in “medications”. In England a knackerman processed mink oil in a ointment, that was taken by the local family doctor. He used that as a remedy against gout and rubbed this on the joints of his patients.
Also several sports clubs were “customer” at the knackery. Footballers polished their soccer shoes with horse-oil to make them smooth and cricketers rubbed their bats in with horse- oil avoid the bats burst or cracked.
Zowel voor middeltjes tegen tbc als voor schoenpoets voor de voetbalschoenen wist men de vilderij te vinden
Both for remedies against tuberculisis as for shoepolish for football shoes people knew to find the knackery