Many families around the country consider their pets to be more than just an animal. They are a best friend, companion, and a family member. So when it comes to the passing of a beloved pet, no question they should be able to lay to rest with their families.
Contrary to popular belief, many people have an issue with co-burials. Although not legal everywhere, with over 200 pet crematoriums and burial grounds, co-burials are becoming popular among families. In late 2013, a new law was passed across the U.S. allowing cremated human remains to be buried with their beloved pets. This ruling was the outcome of a two-year old dispute between Hartsdale Pet Cemetery and New York State.
Taylor York, an Upstate New York attorney, fought this case. York took this case when her uncle, retired NYPD officer Thomas Ryan, passed away and his request for his cremains to be buried with his 3 Maltese pups were denied by the state. Ed Martin, Hartsdale’s owner mentioned to Nathan Place and Glenn Blain from the New York Times that “about 700 people were already under the soil in the cemetery when the state stepped in”. York and her supporters presented an intense campaign and in late 2011 New York State granted Hartsdale Pet Cemetery the right to accept human cremains. Click Here to read more about this article by Nathan Place and Glenn Blain.
“The Peaceable Kingdom”
In an article, “The Peaceable Kingdom”, written by Tina Susman from the LA Times, she sheds light on the Hartsdale Pet Crematory. Not only is this cemetery the world’s largest pet burial site, it is America’s first pet cemetery. Many different pets are at Hartsdale, from cats and dogs to a lion cub that passed in 1912. Over 100,000 animals have been buried at this historic site. The Peaceable Kingdom is the perfect nickname for Hartsdale’s. “There is no separation of religions or species, no hierarchy that guarantees more desirable spots for the pets of the rich and famous”, stated Susman. Click Here to read more about this article by Tina Susman.
“ ‘ The right to be buried with your family, whether its four-legged or two-legged, seems so fundamental, yet it’s still something that upsets a lot of people,” ‘ Tina Susman quoted from Hartsdale’s cemetery director, Edward C. Martin Jr.
“People do get a sense of comfort from knowing they can lie for eternity with their beloved pet”, said Taylor York in an interview with the New York Times.
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