In Texas, not all joint products are legal (the value of pets)

by on December 22, 2012 at 5:13 am in Law, Uncategorized | Permalink

Here we go:

Last May, the Texas Banking Commission, which regulates funerals and cemeteries [does that make sense to you?], deep-sixed burials of pets in cemeteries for homo sapiens. But Texas still welcomes human burials alongside animals in pet cemeteries.

Do not underestimate the power of arbitrage:

…some Texans are also opting for their own burials–sans Bootsie—in pet cemeteries. The cost of room and board, notes the clip, beats its counterpart in people cemeteries by a mile. So why not think outside the box?

For the pointer I thank Lou Wigdor.

1 Ray Lopez December 22, 2012 at 5:23 am

New Ideas from Non-Dead Economists? I’m at a loss for birds. How do you fit a larger-than-life Texan into a shoebox for Molly the parrot? I guess, if you do like they do in Greece, they put your bones in a box. Your ‘plot’ for said box, since they’ve run out of space here and don’t believe in cremation, is reused by somebody else and the bones returned after some years.

2 dearieme December 22, 2012 at 7:35 am

Apparently in England and Wales you can bury your beloved (human) in your back garden as long as this poses no threat to the water supply. What’s allowed in Scotland or Northern Ireland I do not know.

3 dearieme December 22, 2012 at 7:39 am

Here we are.

A caution: when someone says “UK Law” they are probably blethering; outside a few well-defined topics, there there is remarkably little law that applies to the whole UK.

4 Thomas December 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

The owner of a strip club would probably not mind some bankers doing business in his club. The owner of a bank will most likely feel different about strippers doing business in his bank.

5 anonymous December 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

As long as you don’t spell it “sematary”, it’s all good.

6 ThoamasH December 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Having the banking commission regulate cemeteries does make sense since many cemetery services are sold as “perpetual care” implying that the enterprise has adequately funded the custodial expenses in perpetuity. They are more financial services companies than anything else.

7 zbicyclist December 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm

This was my thought as well. There’s prepaid services, also.

There’s also curious pricing everywhere. To dig a hole for a coffin (on a plot already owned) is $750. To dig a hole for cremated remains is … $750. “But”, said the patient man on the other end of the phone, “we don’t keep track of how many people just go out and dig their own hole and put the cremains in.”

I took the hint. Dad would have thought I was an idiot to pay the $750,

8 bartman December 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Nah, more likely that in Texas, when the need to regulate something comes up, instead of creating a new body they just give added responsibilities to an existing agency. Thus, we have the regulatory body of the oil and gas business: The Texas Railroad Commission. Probably a few other examples.

9 Jeff December 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

>>why not think outside the box?

I see what you did there.

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