For individuals who wished to be buried with their fur children, options were restricted. Basically their only option was if they wished to be buried in a pet cemetery.
But if people can be buried in a pet cemetery, why can’t animals be buried in a cemetery for human beings?
It’s a question that one state is answering with a new law.
When it comes to animals and where they can be buried, New York is changing the laws. They enacted a law enabling individuals to be buried in a human cemetery alongside their animals if they so choose. And not only dogs and cats are restricted to the law. It enables their owners to bury a variety of distinct animals.
Many pet owners applaud this choice, as their fur children are part of their family. There are, of course, some exemptions to the law. Religious cemeteries do not have to comply with this new law, and if they so kindly, individual cemeteries may still refuse to bury any animals.
A pet cemetery in Westchester County indicated that at least five individuals choose to be buried in their cemetery each year with their animals, rather than in a human cemetery apart from them. It’s a way for them even after they’re gone to remain close to their loved ones.
New York lastly allows pet owners to rest in peace next to the living beings who during their moment on earth supplied so much comfort, companionship, and happiness. It doesn’t make sense after all that people could be buried in pet cemeteries, but not the other way around.
Sometimes the family is the one we choose, not the one we are blood-related to — and that also applies to our animals. It’s a family of animals. Why create such a separate separation between what as a family constitutes?
With New York leading the way, hopefully other states will fall in line and create similar laws.
They have to resort to some individuals who want to be buried with their animals to sneak them into the cemetery somehow. This can be hazardous for friends or family members who are being requested to do this after the owner of the pet is gone.
But now, at least in New York, there must be no slinking around in a cemetery, performing for loved ones secret burials. If you want to, you and your pet can always be together!
Again, every cemetery has to agree with your animal to let you be buried — it’s their right to opt out. It is definitely a step forward for individuals whose animals are family, though.
New regulations appear to crop up all the time, and they may be confusing — but this is one law that many of us know.
Share this data in your lives with the animal enthusiasts who want to be buried with their pet family.
This story originally appeared at Goodfullness.