License to kill?

The news that, as of February 1, people who want to kill a pig for home consumption will have to notify a state veterinarian at least one working day before they slaughter the pig, has not been well received in the Slovak countryside, where pig killing (zabijačka) is a local tradition.

photo: Pavol Vitko

The news that, as of February 1, people who want to kill a pig for home consumption will have to notify a state veterinarian at least one working day before they slaughter the pig, has not been well received in the Slovak countryside, where pig killing (zabijačka) is a local tradition.

Most of the country's 100,000 pig farmers regard the new regulation as pointless red tape.

The Agriculture Ministry has said the step is necessary to protect the health of the public, especially from roundworm. The state will cover the expenses of examining pigs to be slaughtered.

Eight years ago, more than 300 residents of the Central Slovak village of Valaská were diagnosed with roundworm after eating contaminated klobasa at a local fair. The village has a unique local tradition of adding dog and boar meat to their klobasa.


Pavol Vitko

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Worse-off districts in Slovakia should undergo another round of testing

It is necessary to carry a negative COVID-19 test result from January 27 to at least February 2.

6 h
Igor Matovič celebration his election victory on March 1, 2020.

It was a long time ago and it never happened anyway

How much of the present will be intelligible through the kaleidoscopic lens of digital media in just a few years – or even months?

55m
White Crow laureates (l-r): Andrej Belák, Jolana and Štefan Náther, Jaroslav Macek

The stories of White Crow laureates show how important it is to speak up against injustice

The awards went to four initiatives in justice, education, health care and minorities.

25. jan
It is now possible to take a gargling test.

Gargling tests available

For now tests are provided by a private lab and people have to pay for them.

24 h