Liebhard loffler speaks of a social necessity, of a need that exists for an animal cemetery in bamberg. Loffler is the first chairman of the bamberg animal welfare association, which has almost 2,000 members, and has been campaigning for years to ensure that pet owners in the region do not have to take their four-legged friends all the way to lichtenfels, kissingen or nurnberg when they have to say goodbye to them one day. From bamberg's point of view, this is where the most recent animal cemeteries are located.
"It would suit the city in particular, but also a district municipality, very well to respond to this need of the population", the dentist and animal lover believes. The form of disposal provided for by law was given in walsdorf in the animal disposal facility. But, says loffler, "very few people can do that. People must be given "the opportunity to say a dignified goodbye and a suitable place to commemorate their often long-time fellow resident".
A meadow owned by the city of bamberg and located in the immediate vicinity of the bamberg animal shelter in bamberg-gaustadt would be the ideal place for an animal cemetery from the association's point of view. The association was then able to operate the facility itself without any major problems. According to loffler, this would be done in order to be able to offer cost-effective animal burials that everyone can afford.
Because of its proximity to a water protection area and the open question of how to develop the land, however, the bamberg city council considers the meadow to be rather unsuitable. The city council advised the association to look more intensively in the district.
A rough concept for a pet cemetery in bamberg has existed for a long time. In 2009, the association anticipated a need for 60 to 100 pet burials per year. However, according to loffler, the need is still increasing, because with an aging society, pets are playing an increasingly important role, especially for people who live alone. This is also what the chairman said in the past weeks when he promoted this issue in the city council and at a meeting of the county mayors.
Should no movement come into the topic, the animal protection association could make pressure with signatures. There should already be almost 3000, but collected only "for emergencies", as loffler expresses it.