Nerac. Soon to be buried with your pet?

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The deputy for Agen-Nérac co-signs a bill aimed at legalizing the presence of animals in our graves.

Twenty deputies, including that of Agen-Nérac Michel Lauzzana (LREM), tabled a bill last Tuesday in the National Assembly which should soon be talked about. The text aims to allow deceased owners to rest with their pets.

“It is already accepted by custom to place objects in the coffin before placing it in the coffin, write the co-signatories of this bill. Nevertheless, currently, no clear and precise text details the list of authorized or prohibited objects that may be placed in the coffin of a deceased, before placing it in a coffin. This situation leads to a breach of equality between our fellow citizens, some being authorized to place one or more animal cinerary urns in their coffin before placing it in a coffin, while others don’t.”

Legal vagueness

Common practice of placing intimate objects in the coffin of the deceased – often according to his last will –, a photograph, a Bible, a professional souvenir, etc. The urn containing the ashes of a beloved animal is sometimes placed in the coffin (this is again an express request from the deceased), and the text therefore aims to legalize a discreet but very real practice.

Another provision of this proposal: to offer the possibility to the deceased to rest with their pet, but this time in an animal cemetery, “a practice already legal in Switzerland, Germany or even the United Kingdom”. The text plans to supplement the General Code of Territorial Communities and the Rural and Maritime Fishing Code to allow the French to welcome the ashes of an animal, or that theirs join those of an animal that left first.

Based on the principles of respect due to the dead, dignity and decency, the text is also based on that of freedom. “A citizen expressly and freely states his will to rest with his animal after his death, his will must be respected and the respect of this will does not prejudice public security, the protection of order, health or of public morality, or to the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.” It also reflects an evolution of society, where the pet has a growing place.

14 million cats and 7 million dogs

There would thus be 14 million cats in France, and 7 million dogs. This place is especially growing in hearts: “I am a doctor, explains the deputy from Agenais Michel Lauzzana, and I can certify that in some homes the pet is a daily ray of sunshine. Love, affection, c ” is very important. The animal offers a lot, and it creates a bond. The pet breaks the loneliness, and it is even a therapy. It offers well-being, and not only to the elderly.”

But this text is presented at the end of the 15th legislature, and it is not guaranteed that it will reach the hemicycle. Sent back to the Greek Calends?

Offerings intended for the dead or for deities, the presence of animals in tombs – think of the embalmed cats with the pharaohs… – is a subject as old as the world. Society is ripe to accept it, but what will the state say?

“Together for ever”

“I recorded this text, indicates Michel Lauzzana, (our picture), but my colleague Loïc Dombreval is the main writer. He is a veterinarian, he chairs the study group on the animal condition, and like him, I think that our society must evolve on the place which is due to our pets, as well as to their well-being. First, there is a legal void, since practices are tolerated, and that does not bother anyone. So everyone should have access to it. And then the relationship with animals, which is also with nature, has changed a lot. We are squarely in a human relationship between them and us. We must know that animals are happy with us, and they make us happy. So the law must follow the evolution of our society. Because there we take nothing away from anyone. It won’t bother anyone, but it will allow a master and his animal to stay together forever.”

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