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In New York, Pet Owners Can Now Be Buried With Pets
State puts new rules into place
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 14, 2013 1:53 PM CDT
In this file photo, headstones marking the graves of pets are spread throughout the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – Make room, Fido. New regulations will allow New York animal lovers to spend eternity with their pets. The only catch: Pet cemeteries can only bury pet owners' ashes as long as they don't charge a fee for it and don't advertise human burial services. New York's Division of Cemeteries put a halt to human burials at pet cemeteries in 2011 after an AP story about the practice. It later relaxed the ban on a limited basis and began working on permanent rules that got finalized this month. The Daily News, which talks to one pet cemetery owner who says he gets five or six such requests per year, has more details.

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Sep 14, 2013 7:52 PM CDT
Why should any government care in any way who or what gets buried where! It cannot be reconciled with capitalism. Is it that most people, due to religious teachings, still disdain all the other species in contrast with our self promoting one?
Sep 14, 2013 6:45 PM CDT
Is this Bloomberg's new initiative to reduce New York's overcrowding problem? Most pets don't live as long as people, so by burying people with their dead pets, the number of people can be greatly reduced. They're gone much earlier than by waiting for the people to die. Great idea Bloomberg!
Sep 14, 2013 5:37 PM CDT
Good. I like animals better than (most) people anyway.