Swiss Town Vows To Kill Pet Dogs Unless Owners Pay Tax
TO Reconvilier, Switzerland (home to 2,245 humans and 280 dogs). Troble looms. The locals are not all paying the $50 dog tax. Local official, one Pierre-Alain Nemitz, says that unless taxes are paid teh dogs will be taken from this place and killed.
“This isn’t about a mass execution of dogs. It’s meant to put pressure on people who don’t cooperate.”
The language is brutal:
“The Executive has instructed the consultant responsible for finance to hear such debtors. As regards duty of dogs, the authority plans, failing to quickly obtain the settlement of arrears, require the slaughter of animals whose taxes are not paid, the owner’s expense, in accordance with what permitted under Article 4 of Law on cantonal tax dogs.
Another translation makes it seem even worse:
“You know, I am in office for 38 years, and I remember that thirty years ago, when he had to solve a problem gensqui lived in appalling hygienic conditions with dogs, they had taken the animals to rendering plants, shot in the head, and then it’s ready. They do not suffer. Lethal injection is sentimentalism.”
And give anyone who got a dog for Christmas an escape route…