Bill allowing pets to be buried with owners stalls in committee
Posted on 4/5/2016 12:47:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The measure that would allow people to be buried with their pets in cemeteries did not make it out of a Senate Committee today. Gerald Melancon, with the Louisiana Cemetery Association, says the language in the bill that says pets would be in different sections needs clarification.

He says cemeteries already have spots sold with the promise there would only be human remains there.

"And then now cemeteries come back to sub-divide that section and it all of a sudden becomes another section where you can bury humans and animals in the same place," said Melancon.

It's Metairie Senator Conrad Appel's bill and he says it states folks who would want to be buried with their pets would have to buy a spot in another section, and do it in advance.

"As far as moving them? They move people in cemeteries all the time. If they want to be buried with their goldfish, they have to go to the goldfish section," said Appel.

Melancon believes this law would give cemeteries problems if the owner never said he wanted to be buried with the pet, but the family wants it to happen.

"If daddy really liked Fifi, and they want Fifi to be buried with their daddy, he can't be because there is no written authorization from that owner," said Melancon.

But Appel says there is plenty of language in the bill that gives cemeteries the power to figure out how they want to do this, and also the right to refuse burying pets.

"The rules are set by the cemetery. They aren't by the people or this language, they are set by the cemetery," said Appel.

But the committee did not advance the measure.
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