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(815 ILCS 318/5)
For the purposes of this Act, unless the context
"Companion animal" or "animal" means a deceased animal that had a companion
or pet relationship with an owner at the time of the animal's death.
"Provider of companion animal cremation services" or "provider" means
a person, company, or other entity engaging in the business of cremating
deceased companion animals in Illinois.
"Cremation remains" means the material remaining after the cremation of an
animal, which may include ashes, skeletal remains, and other residue resulting
from the incineration process, and may be pulverized or otherwise processed by
the provider of cremation services.
"Individually partitioned cremation" means a cremation process in which
either (i) only one companion animal at a time is cremated in the incinerator
or (ii) more than one companion animal is cremated in the incinerator at the
same time, but each of the animals is completely separated from the others
by partitions during the cremation process; and in which the commingling of
significant amounts of cremation remains from different animals is unlikely
"Communal cremation" means a cremation process in which companion animals
are cremated together without effective partitions or separation during the
cremation process, and in which the commingling of significant amounts of
cremation remains from different animals is likely or certain to occur.
"Commingling of significant amounts of cremation remains from different
animals" means that specific cremation remains cannot be attributed to a
particular animal, or that the cremation remains attributed to one companion
animal contain more than 1% by weight of cremation remains from one or more
other companion animals. The presence, in the cremation remains of a companion
animal, of the remains of any creature that was contained within the body of
that animal at the time of cremation (including parasites, insects, and food or
creatures eaten by that companion animal) does not constitute "commingling"
for the purposes of this Act.
A person or business entity is deemed to refer animal owners or bring
business to a provider "on a regular basis" if the person or entity (i) has an
ongoing contractual or agency relationship with the provider relating to the
cremation of companion animals, (ii) receives any compensation or consideration
from the provider or animal owners relating to the cremation of companion
animals by the provider, or (iii) refers or brings to the provider the business
of more than 5 animal owners in an average month.
(Source: P.A. 92-287, eff. 1-1-02.)