New Yorkers Can Now Be Buried With Their Pets. Sorta

State to allow people to be buried with cremated remains of pets
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 26, 2016 6:11 PM CDT
New Yorkers Can Now Be Buried With Their Pets. Sorta
File photo of an old cemetery.   (AP Photo/Cara Anna)

New York state will now allow people to be buried with the cremated remains of their pet, the AP reports. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law on Monday. Cuomo, a Democrat, says many New Yorkers consider their pets to be a member of the family, and says the previous regulation banning the burial of cremated pet remains with their human companions was "unnecessary." But cemeteries wouldn't have to offer the option, and religious cemeteries would be specifically forbidden from doing so. The proposal is the latest in a series of measures honoring the bond between human and beast in New York. Last year, state lawmakers passed a law allowing dogs on restaurant patios. They also are considering a ban on cat declawing. (More strange stuff stories.)

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