If you are a person who shares your life with a dog, you won’t want to move to Reconvilier, Switzerland any time soon.
The small town about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Geneva has a population of 2,245 humans and 280 dogs. In need of more money for infrastructure, Town Council decided to start enforcing an old law from 1904.
This law allows for killing a dog whose owner does not pay the annual $50 dog tax.
Needless to say, townspeople are upset and dismayed by the approach. Town clerk Pierre-Alain Nemitz has received death threats over the new approach to tax collection.
Nemitz is quoted: “This isn’t about a mass execution of dogs, it’s meant to put pressure on people who don’t cooperate.”
Okay… but when “push comes to shove” as the expression goes, will council be willing to actually kill any dogs? In my experience, making a threat you are not willing to carry out — doesn’t work!
Let’s hope the good people of Reconvilier can work out another approach with authorities. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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