Dog Hell, Switzerland

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Considering a move to Switzerland? Perhaps a vacation? Whatever you do, stay far away from Reconvilier. Your dog will thank you.

In an attempt to reclaim hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes, the small Swiss village intends to begin enforcing a law enacted in 1904 that specifically addresses the town’s $50 annual pet tax, and it goes a little something like this: pay your pet tax or the village kills your dog.

Village official Pierre-Alain Nemitz says, “This isn’t about a mass execution of dogs, it’s meant to put pressure on people who don’t cooperate.” Apparently the village’s 2245 residents have very different feelings about the 280 dogs who call Reconvilier home. On Monday Nemitz told the AP that village authorities have been receiving death threats since word of the tax enforcement policy got out.

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26 thoughts on “Dog Hell, Switzerland”

  1. btw dog owners have to pay taxes because government of about every town in switzerland make tons available with bags for everyone to use to clean up after their dog. not sure i was able to explain this properly as i’m no native english speaker.

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  2. Sometimes the picture we all seem to have of Switzerland isn’t reality. “OT for dogs” but on-topic for humane-ness, there recently came to light a horrific tale of hundreds of Swiss children who had been “bad” kids (whatever their definition of “bad”) being removed from parents and placed in prison work camps – and many times the parents had no idea that the children were going to actual prisons. Apparently this started in the late 1800’s and continued until as recently as 20 years ago but people are just now starting to come forward about it. I feel it is extremely important for stories such as this village’s treatment of its dogs, or the Swiss prison children stories, to be made public and firmly believe only by such transparency will things begin to change – but that’s assuming those in public office have the capacity to feel “shame”!

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  3. The issue is not whether or not there should be a tax and whether or not that tax should be enforced. The issue is the killing of innocent animals to address a default. That’s ridiculous. I find myself wondering if this is a hoax. Civilized people don’t drag someone’s pet out and shoot it because they owe the town $50.

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  4. Do all you self-righteous folks remember the incident in Obion County Tennessee where firefighters stood and watched a home burn down because the owners didn’t pay a $75.00 annual service fee? Three dogs and a cat died inside.

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    • I’m sorry, but I seem to be missing your point. Are you suggesting that the Obion County incident, which by the way, some posting here may not have heard of including myself, did not receive a comparable amount of outrage in your opinion? Are we not allowed to be upset by the outrageous injustice of officials threatening dog owners in this Swedish town, merely because we did not mention the, albeit horrible act, in Tennessee? If we had to mention all the horrendous acts made by officials everywhere against animals before being allowed to post our outrage on each individual story, we would have posting the size of encyclopedias!

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  5. Okie Dokie…I don’t remember what you are talking about, but I am sure this was just as heinous as what the town in Switzerland is threatening. The nationality is not so much the issue as the threat to innocent animals. Do you feel better for calling people self-righteous?

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  6. Well, Billi, I am retired from a very long career teaching English including non-fiction writing, essay writing and basic reporting, and I’m looking in vain for anything “self-righteous” in the tone of any of these posts. Would you be kind enough to point out where anyone has adopted a self-righteous tone? I think all here are pretty much on board with the general concept of bad government with animals being the ultimate sufferers (as also happened in the event you mentioned which, yes, I do remember as it was covered on multiple animal-oriented website). If all of us are of the opinion that there is some really poor and seriously misguided governance out there both at home and abroad – we’re not “stowing thrones” here (old joke…) we’re pretty democratic and fair, then in an odd way we are agreeing with you and further are doing so sans “self-righteous” attitudes.

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  7. WOW! “Enforcing a law enacted in 1904…” Wasn’t it acceptable in 1904 to hang a politician if they were caught cheating and stealing public funds? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right?

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