The pets of the United States enjoy higher standard of living than those of any other country.
CU Tombstone "Mr. Topper"
CU Cross with flowers TILT to tombstone "Lady Virginia"
SV Couple at graveside
SV Mover graves
SV/CU People filling in cards and placing in box
CU Notice on side of box "Win a free burial"
SV PAN Inscriptions on plaques
SV Satin-lined coffins with price tag $127.95
SV Girl looking at shroud for dog (?)
CU Sign "Paw Print Gardens"
SV People looking at display of coffins and in entrance lobby. (5 shots)
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Background: The pets of the United States enjoy higher standard of living than those of any other country. And the care lavished on them doesn't finish when they die. In Chicago, an extensive funeral business has sprung up to cater for the needs of pets in their animal valhalla.
Since a larger proportion of American pet owners treat their animals as almost human, the Chicago industry is based on the premise that the pets should receive a human-style burial.
So bereaved animal-lovers can pop into a pets funeral parlour. There, they will be given a choice of shrouds and of satin-lined coffins -- some of them carrying a 130-dollar (GBP 44 sterling) price tag.
Then they can buy a plot in an animal cemetery, marking it with a granite tombstone or a marble cross.
One way and another, the pets interred in these cemeteries get a better send off than the majority of human beings. No-one can say that the pets' funeral industry is a dying business.