AROUND SLOVAKIA

Sliač locals oppose pet crematorium

SOME inhabitants of the municipality of Sliač in central Slovakia have rejected the idea to build a crematorium for pets from the former administrative building in the town’s cooperative farming complex.

(Source: SME)

SOME inhabitants of the municipality of Sliač in central Slovakia have rejected the idea to build a crematorium for pets from the former administrative building in the town’s cooperative farming complex.

Based on the petition of 139 inhabitants, the town has so far refused to allow the operation of the crematorium, Sliač mayor Daniel Dunčko told the SITA newswire.

Dominika Homolová, the representative of the company involved, called Kremax, says the locals’ opposition stems from misinformation. “There has been information spread that a facility disposing of biological material from the remains of animals is to be built,” she said in late March. “But cremation is something completely different: the owner brings his deceased pet, which is then burned, and the ashes are given back to the owner. There is no threat of black smoke or odours; these are completely unfounded fears. When someone explains it correctly to people, they will understand there is nothing to be afraid of,” Homolová concluded.

Kremax, which was granted approval from the authorities in the environmental-impact assessment, launched a petition to construct the crematorium in mid March. Kremax expects to carry out 30 to 40 cremations a month, which it says would not have a serious environmental impact or cause the threat of infection.

Homolová explained that the idea stemmed from her work for the Pes v Núdzi (Dogs in Peril) civic association which since 2008 has focused on dog adoptions and rescuing pets from dire situations.

“Owners often bury their pets, like dogs, cats, rats, etc., in an illegal grave, due to a strong emotional bond,” the business plan for the crematorium states. “This often happens in gardens or parks, where some bacteria remain in the ground for a long time. One of the solutions to this problem is the cremation of pets, when the animal doesn’t become the source of infection, but the owner can, at the same time, bid a dignified farewell.”

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

After historical sights in Slovakia have burned, is there better fire protection?

Kunerad Castle in the Žilina Region has burned down twice in eight years, and Krásna Hôrka is still undergoing construction seven years after burning.

Krásna Hôrka Castle caught fire in March 2012.

Fico mirrors stability, but Smer is considering a new election leader

Pellegrini could be Smer's number one in the 2020 parliamentary elections. Some Smer MEPs want a new party leader.

Former PM Robert Fico (left) and his successor Peter Pellegrini (right).

Slovak producers can export dairy products to China

The Chinese market could help boost Slovakia's crumbling dairy industry.

Slovak producers will export milk and dairies to China after the agreement was signed during the summit in Croatia.

Ex-police head Gašpar reportedly knew about Italian mafia cell in Slovakia

The information appears in Europol report, Italian TV channel reported.

Tibor Gašpar