Don’t Pay Taxes on Your Dog? Then the Goverment Will Kill Your Dog
Nope, we did not make this up.
If you live in the town of Reconvilierd in Switzerland and don’t pay taxes on your dog, the government will give you an ultimatum: pay up or your pooch dies.
In a town of 2,245 humans and 280 dogs, an OLD law from 1904 that says if people do not pay a $50 dollar dog tax, the town may be able to seize and execute the dog in question.
No, wait. Don’t get mad just yet. It gets better.
Pierre-Alain Nemitz, a local official in Reconvilier, says:
“This isn’t about a mass execution of dogs. It’s meant to put pressure on people who don’t cooperate.”
What’s even more scary is that this local government doesn’t believe in humane execution either. When asked about a dog related problems 30 or so years ago. Nemitz replied:
“A lethal injection is sentimentality. We took them to a knacker’s yard, shot them in the head, and it was done…Euthanasia is for humans, and in our era, we’re not going to dilute the truth.”
Now the readers need to remember this – this town does NOT have a dog overpopulation problem. Dogs do not overrun the city. Dogs are not overbreeding. The dogs are not attacking little children nor are they biting anyone (well, not ALL of them everyday, anyway). People are not breeding them in puppy mills to make a profit like they do in Missouri.
The innocent dogs are being targeted because the owners do not pay dog tax.
This brings up a couple of points:
1. This isn’t like the US “government sponsored” shelters putting dogs to sleep because they either cannot behave or that the shelter can no longer (financially or physically) hold the unwanted dogs, and are HUMANELY euthanized. The Swiss government is (“unintentionally”) punishing-killing dogs in HOPES of punishing the dog owners.
2. It will cost AS much money to euthanize a dog humanely (assuming that they do it humanely) as it is for the owner to pay the dog tax. This makes no sense. It’s like spending a dollar to punish someone who will HOPEFULLY pay you a dollar. Apparently, the Swiss government officials don’t need to pass elementary school math to get elected.
3. Why did US leave Switzerland alone during WWII? If we could go back in time, maybe we need to rethink the whole leave-the-neutral-country-alone thing.
Anyway, you look at it, this is equivalent to state sponsored stupidity / evil / whatever you want to call it.
I am no Dog Whisperer but I am guessing that any dog in this town would be saying to his/her owner: “hey, goddammit, pay your taxes!”
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.