Florida Legislature Passes Pet Burial Law

If bill is signed by governor, cats can be buried with owners.

Posted: April 07, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Florida residents who want to be buried with their cat — or any other pet — would be allowed under legislation that was passed by the state Senate last week and is waiting for the governor’s signature.

The pet burial provision was included in a cemetery-regulation bill by state Sen. Jim King, who says he wants the ashes of his black Labrador Retriever, Valentine, to join him in his coffin.

If Gov. Charlie Crist signs the pet burial bill, people will be allowed to have the remains of their pet included in their casket as long as the remains are in a separate urn.

Under current state law, a licensed cemetery can house only human remains.

On May 2, The Florida Senate voted 38-1 in favor of the pet burial bill. A date has not been set for Gov. Crist to review and/or sign the legislation.

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Rob    Redmond, WA

1/14/2009 8:18:10 PM

This bill doesn't harm anyone,and we now have state Senator Jacobsen here in Washington state who wants to pass a similar bill. My cat is my best buddy and with the state of mankind today I care more about animals than most (not all) people! Would not mind having him (my cat) with me if there is an afterlife.???

Delano    Hamlet, NC

7/21/2008 12:01:07 PM

I pray that euthanasia of a pet for the sole purpose of being buried with someone is not permitted.
Pets are people,too.

Leetta    Jacksonville, FL

11/6/2007 10:35:29 PM

I think it's a great idea and why not? My question is why it's anyone's business who's buried with you as long as it's dead, too?

Linnea    Johns Island, SC

5/7/2007 6:58:12 PM

Perhaps in the near future a cat or dog will no longer be considered property when dealing with the justice system. I hope the governor signs the bill.

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