Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany… In these countries you can be buried with the ashes of your pet. In France it is forbidden. An association and representatives are defending a bill aimed at authorizing this practice in France. A mobilization is planned in Bordeaux this Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Being buried with the ashes of your pet may soon be possible in France. Olivier Falorni, Member of Parliament for Charente-Maritime and member of the democratic group (MoDem and Independents) in the National Assembly hopes so. He plans to introduce a bill this fall that would allow people who wish to rest after their deaths with the ashes of their pets, reported france info4 October 2022. In February 2022, the draft text was published in Official newspaper of 27 deputies, including Loïc Dombreval (La République en Marche), chairman at the time of the parliamentary investigation group on the state of animals.

Unlike Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Germany, where the practice is allowed, it is currently banned in France. “Why are we, so-called Europeans, behind with this law compared to the others? »asks Sophie Laddo, president of Cookie Cat Cies, an association that fights against all forms of animal cruelty and defends animal welfare.

A practice that already exists

She condemns in France a “complete misunderstanding” against the legislation of neighboring countries, while “More and more families have pets”. According to the bill proposed by Loïc Dombreval in February 2022, every second family in France has at least one pet.

So, she explains, because “Support MP Olivier Falorni and send the bill to the Senate as soon as possible”a rally organized by the association is planned in Bordeaux, this Saturday, October 15, 2022. At the site, Cookie Cat Cies will raise public awareness of the problem and relaunch the petition created at the beginning of the year to support the bill and already now signed by 40,000 people.

After an investigation by her association, she assures us that the illegal practice of being buried with the ashes of one’s animal already exists in France. “We have received many testimonies from people who do it secretly, she confides. We simply want to make this practice legal. »

Disposal of residues prohibited: €3,750 fine

“We still need to be vigilant about public health, warns Charles de Langlois, director of the veterinary group Vétovie in Rennes. It is for this reason that the death of pets is currently strictly regulated by law in France. It can become a health problem if people do not take minimum precautions. » If wildlife regularly dies without being buried, we must be aware of the possibly infectious pathologies that the animals may carry.

For these reasons, it is forbidden to throw the remains of your animal in a garbage can, a sewer or any other place and is punishable by a fine of €3,750. If nothing expressly forbids burying your dog at the bottom of the garden, it seems that from a legal point of view it is no longer possible. For those who still wish to do so, it should be noted that the department’s health regulations apply.

Currently, only animal cemeteries have official permission to receive their remains. “The burial in a communal cemetery is due to the only people”, specify the law.

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Vets all equipped with a cold room

The other, more common solution after the death of a pet is cremation, individual or collective. It is this possibility that is the target of the bill, as it would allow the ashes of the animal to be placed in its master’s coffin. “You have to go through an incineration company, explains Charles de Langlois, who clarifies that the vet can take care of the steps. All vets in France are equipped with a cold storage room to deal with animal carcasses. »

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From there, the vet takes care of the administrative procedures and calls the incineration company that takes over. Cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, birds, reptiles, for all pets, “we are used, qualified and equipped to deal with the death of pets”, adds the professional. “In France, a vet takes care of a deceased animal once a week on average. »

For larger animals – sheep, cattle, horses – it is rendering. The veterinarian notes a novelty in the handling of the death of these animals: “Now there is a system for horse owners that avoids rendering. It is quite new, more and more people want to collect the ashes from their horses. »