Fake Ashes?

The Pet Crematorium boss who gave dog owners FAKE ashes

Leaving bodies in a field to rot!!

Most pet owners are by now aware of the terrible story surrounding the Peak Pet Crematorium in Derbyshire where instead of cremating the pets and returning the ashes to their owners, Emma Bent dumped the bodies in a field and left them to rot.

This is a terrible story, but this is not how professional Pet Crematoria operate, most crematoria are operated by committed staff and pet owners who do their very best  for bereaved owners and their pets, but this story only emphasizes the responsibilities that Vet Surgeries and the authorities have to ensure premises are operating in the correct manner, this has not been helped by the fact that the Environment Agency have now ceased to issue Premits or Licences to pet crematoria premises, which in turn means that these unlicensed and unpermited premises are not inspected or encouraged to operate under any Code of Conduct or Permit regulations.

The public must however be assured that ALL members of The Federation of Private Pet Crematoria hold a voluntary National Compliance Certificate and have agreed to operate by our Code of Conduct at all times  LOOK FOR THE LOGO

The Annual Compliance Certificate and Code of Conduct is a voluntary National Scheme running throughout the UK and is available to NFPPC members and also NON MEMBERS who would like to participate in this Nationally recognized scheme, which ensures  that all pets are handled in the correct manner as owners would expect, and in addition that pet owners should be made fully aware of the services they will receive and how their pet will be treated to ensure peace of mind when handing over their beloved pet into the care of their selected crematorium.  We are pleased to be able to report that we have the full support of DEFRA and the AHVLA in this respect and can confirm their public statement as follows:

DEFRA and AHVLA acknowledge the value of this National Certification Scheme as provided by The National Federation of Private Pet Crematoria to support operators in meeting “Best Practice” in addition to the requirements of the Animal by-products regulations.

We must point out however that it is the responsibility of all Veterinary Practices to ensure that pets bodies are “disposed” of in a correct and legal manner and we would also recommend that pet owners ask their vet surgery where they send their pets and either telephone the premises or wherever possible go and check them out for yourself.  No reputable crematorium will object to a pet owner visiting the premises and or asking questions regarding cremation services.  It is of course always safer to use a crematorium who is a member of  The National Federation of Pet Crematoria as this ensure they hold a Compliance Certificate giving a pet owner peace of mind that they are selecting a pet crematorium who abides by a strict code of conduct.

We fully support the advice given by the press to pet owners that if they are quoted a price of less than £120 for an individual cremation that this should be treated with extreme caution.  This advice applied whether the quote is from your veterinary surgery or direct from a pet crematorium especially nolw at a time when fuel charges have more than tripled in price.

It is “good practice” and the most accepted procedure  for high sided trays to be used, this ensures that a pets ashes are completely contained and cleanly removed from the chamber after each cremation has taken place removing the need for wet brushes which in itself could cause contamination between pets.  If as a pet owner you are in any doubt, speak to your vet, speak to the crematorium they recommend and if you are able, make sure you go along and visit the premises.

Pet owners must however ensure they are not confused by scare mongering tactics which some crematoria and associations try to spread around by stipulating that only they cremate in the correct manner, there are many different systems of individual or private cremation which can be carried out, all of which are correct and will provide a pet owner with the return of their pets ashes without contamination.  It is not correct to state that all cremation chambers must be swept and cleaned between each cremation due to the extremely high temperatures at which a cremation chamber is required to operate, (unless the crematorium in question only carries out two or possibly three cremations per day), and the fact that all modern cremators are refractory lined and very well insulated to ensure the heat is held within the chamber and not allowed to escape through the walls, therefore several hours are required to make is possible to enter the chamber with any “cleaning articles” i.e., brooms etc.  Of course it could be argued that a wet or damp broom would survive the heat but this would only allow for ashes to stick to the brush requiring a new brush for each cleaning process.