Dog Hell Is In Switzerland

by Mary Haight on January 12, 2011

ENGELBERG, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 20: Ski Jump...
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Reconvilier, a small Swiss village of some 2245 people and 280 dogs, is out for blood according to a report from Huffington Post.  Officials have given their citizens fair warning – pay for your dog license or they will come and wrest Scruffy from your arms to teach you a lesson: Pay up or Max gets the axe! A new twist on the marriage of  death and taxes. 

A 1904 law apparently gives the city this unconscionable latitude.  Authorities claim that “hundreds of thousands of dollars” are missing from their coffers.  They just figured this out?  A license today is $50…that means they haven’t collected license fees for approximately 15 years, using today’s population of dogs and licensing rates so I don’t get a headache.  Downright lazy with enforcement, using especially cruel retribution to collect fees! 

It is no wonder then that this shocker brought to mind the story from last year that animals were hiring lawyers in Switzerland to protect them from abuse. Ironic, isn’t it?  The hope of activists was that all 26 Cantons – like States – would have an animal lawyer to prosecute abuse cases at the cost of the goverment. The Swiss voted “no” to a national service in March last year.

Reconvilier is in Canton Bern, not Zurich where the lone animal abuse attorney operates, but I have visions of angry dog lovers running up the cobblestone streets to take on their town council demanding the 1904 law be expunged.  Maybe the dogs will sniff out this news before they are snuffed and move to Zurich, or run for the hills…conveniently located nearby.  

one more thing…

Since we are in the topic neighborhood of traveling and dogs, Edie Jarolim, author and blogger at Will My Dog Hate Me, has Tuesday’s pegged for pet travel, where she will be writing a new book and blogging about it through the process. Join the fun – everyone will be there:)

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12 comments
Kim
Kim

I'm so disheartened by this post. The comment by Kim Clune said it all for me - ditto!!!

veryvizsla
veryvizsla

That's a very odd law for Switzerland. I'm sure that the local authorities aren't going to enforce it. Right ?!?!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

@Edie @Kim I responded to you through the permalink feature on intense debate and it's not showing up here...please let me know if you got it? It may repair itself at some point...

Kim Clune
Kim Clune

Here you have it. One more issue when defining animals as property. Who gives human beings the right to do that? Oh right, human beings. We are such a underdeveloped species of animals, with laws far more outlandish and illogical than any law of nature.

Edie
Edie

That's shocking, Mary. Yet one more example that Europe may not be as enlightened when it comes to animal affairs as I tend to think. And thanks for the shoutout. You'll be happy to know that, if my book were destination oriented, Frankie would so boycott Switzerland.

Leslie Fisher
Leslie Fisher

That is cruel and unusual punishment! You are always finding the most interesting news. Well done.

@Kenzo_HW
@Kenzo_HW

Horrible, I cannot imagine the people from Switzerland put up with this. I don't know if it is also enforced. But just sending a message as if a dog is a taxed object you can remove is as harmful as the actual deed.

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