Being buried with his pet’s ashes, 7 out of 10 French people are in favor of it

Even 45% of pet owners would like to be buried with their pet (17% “definitely” and 28% “probably”).

The ability to be buried with your pet: bill filed

France has more than 7 million dogs and more than 15 million cats. That is why it is not surprising that the desire to be buried with a pet is strong in our country. According to an IFOP survey for the animal information site Woopets.fr, 68% of French people are in favor of the possibility of being buried with their pet (45% “rather favorable” and 23% “very favorable”) . As for the first concern, the owners of pets, they are 45% who want to be buried with their pet (17% “definitely” and 28% “probably”).

There is a bill to this effect. It was filed on February 8, 2022 by the deputy-veterinarian Loïc Dombreval, known to many as the general rapporteur of the law against animal abuse, as well as by 26 other deputies. The bill has been referred to the Commission for Constitutional Laws, Legislation and General Administration of the Republic. Since then, things have stalled.

Why is this bill? You should know that in France, the burial of animals is strictly regulated by law. Animals weighing less than 40 kg can be buried in animal cemeteries or private gardens. Or, more commonly, the remains are taken to veterinarians: they all have a cold room, and they are the ones, usually, who take care of the administrative procedures and call a burning company, which takes the relay. As for the recovery of animal ashes and their burial next to the owner, this is not allowed by French law.

The bill’s authors see no obstacle to people wanting to bury an animal’s ashes.

For the authors of the text, as long as it is customary to place objects in the coffin before placing them in the coffin, it should not be an obstacle to placing in the coffin cinerary urns containing the ashes of animals. This, especially since there is no text detailing a list of authorized or prohibited items that may be placed in a deceased person’s casket prior to placing it in the casket. The only article that touches, directly or indirectly, on this question, is article 16-1-1 of the Civil Code, which states that “Respect for the human body does not end with death”. Then he specified that “The remains of deceased persons, including the ashes of those whose bodies have been cremated, shall be treated with respect, dignity and decency.”

Also read – What is the future for a pet after the death of its owner?

The bill’s authors dispute that “Allowing our countrymen to rest with their animals is not contrary to the principle of respect due to the dead (since there is no attack on the integrity of the human body and ashes of a person or animal), or the principle of dignity because of the dead (because the form of slavery or destruction of the body or ashes is not allowed). Finally, regarding the principle of decency, since the legislator did not define the principle of decency, ” this concept is naturally evolving and therefore it is up to the judge to recognize and assess this concept according to current social practices “.

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