THE use of calves as guinea pigs in a cremation test showed nothing but disrespect for, and insensitivity towards, the beliefs of Hindus, who also use the Mountain Rise Crematorium (The Witness, December 5). Babs Sithapersad of the Mountain Rise Crematorium and Cemeteries Concerned Citizens Committee (MCCCCC) often expressed concern at the indifference shown by council officials from Community Services, who showed little commitment by not attending regularly and calling meetings. Sithapersad advocated that the greater the participation in a critical matter like the crematorium upgrade, the greater the success would be. Regretfully, the input and official plans for the crematorium submitted by the MCCCCC were ignored. Initially, the odour from the cremations entered the hall. PR councillor Manilal Inderjit was made aware of this. Then, the cremator doors malfunctioned, and finally it was discovered that the chimneys had to be increased in height. A skilled service provider with a good track record would have known that the latter needed to be sorted out prior to completion.