Europeans treat animals with the same trepidation that we treat children. In Europe, there are no homeless and ownerless animals, they all live in shelters, and from there they are taken by new owners and they find a new home. Therefore, even after the death of a beloved pet, the owners arrange a real funeral for him in a special animal cemetery. The ritual is the same as at the funeral of a person, and urns for ashes and coffins, and gravestones and monuments, sincere sorrow from loss and words of gratitude on white marble. One such example is the famous Simetière de Chienne cemetery in Paris.
Dead Animals Act
On the left bank of the deep Seine in the north-west of Paris in the town of Asnieres-sur-Seine, there is an animal cemetery. Simetier de Chien was opened in 1899 and is the world's second official cemetery for animals. In June 1898, a law was passed in Paris, according to which it was forbidden to throw away the corpses of pets, but it was ordered to bury the pet.
Until that time, dead animals were thrown into the Seine or into garbage cans. The burial had to be located not less than 100 meters from the place of residence of the person, and at a depth of not less than 1 meter.
Thanks to this law, the first animal cemetery in Europe appeared.
History of founding and founders
The cemetery was initiated by the lawyer Georges Armouis and the actress Marguerite Durand. First, they acted as founders of the "Anonymous Society for the Creation of a Cemetery for Dogs", and then acquired the land on which the cemetery was founded. Originally the cemetery was called "Necropolis for Dogs"
The cemetery was designed by the renowned French architect Eugene Petit. The territory is divided into parts, it agrees with the subspecies of the pet: dogs, cats, birds and everyone who does not belong to the first three categories. There are buried rabbits and pigs, horses and monkeys, chickens, rodents and many others.
Famous inhabitants of Simetier de Chien
The famous St. Bernard Barry is buried at the very entrance to the cemetery. The heartbreaking story that Barry saved 40 people and killed 41 has nothing to do with reality. Barry spent his last days in Bern, and after his natural death, his effigy was exhibited in the city's natural history museum, where it is still located.
It is not known what dog was actually buried there. Pets of such world-famous personalities as Count Alexandre Dumas and composer Camille Saint-Saens have found their shelter in the cemetery; the cat Henri de Rochefort, the horse Marguerite Durand, the dogs of Countess Lobanova are buried here.
Simetier de Chien today
In the 80s, they wanted to close the cemetery. The reasons are unknown, it is only known that there were people who came out in his defense, because if the cemetery was closed it is not known what would become of the burials. The defenders of the cemetery, led by the mayor of Anyers, not only defended the cemetery, but also achieved that it was recognized as an architectural monument.
Only a real feeling of gratitude for loyalty and love leads here people whose pets died several decades ago. There are fresh flowers and toys on the graves, favorite delicacies and words of sorrow. They say that the cemetery is closed for burial, but in fact, burials are underway now. The cost of a place depends on the period for which it is purchased, the size and weight of the pet. To bury a pet in the lowest category will cost 280 euros, but if the dimensions exceed a meter and weigh 20 kilograms, then the price can reach 3000.
Address: Pont de Clichy, 92600 Asnières-sur-Seine
Stop: Gabriel Péri