By Betsy Seeton
Reconvilier is town in Switzerland with a population of 2,245. It has a 1904 law still on the books that allows local government officials to demand a $25 dog tax be paid or the dog will be killed. This story is making the rounds in 2011 not because the law existed in the first place, but because when town officials discovered the law they decided to resurrect it in order to pressure citizens who owe thousands in back taxes. In other words, pay up or your dog dies!
Town clerk Pierre-Alain Nemitz has reportedly (comes from the Associated Press) 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."
This tax collecting scheme of holding a dog ransom is more than just another example of government gone mad. The absurdity is at a level so high it seems like sensationalism type reporting, which I loathe. But it's speaks to the whole idea that I see being embraced by the resistance to laws like Oreo's Law and other animal regulation. This resistance is deeply rooted in the antiquated view that animals are property. Property can be bought and sold, used for entertainment and profit or merely disposed. Until this very flawed, even barbaric, attitude toward animals, not just cats and dogs, but all animals, fundamentally shifts to embrace the concept that all life matters and all animals have rights, we will struggle to bring about much change.
It behooves the NO KILL movement to remember success will come when more humans embrace a new paradigm towards all animals around the globe. It's the concept that all animals matter and all animals have rights. More to come on this ....
Click on Jasper (below) to read the Bill of Rights & sign it!
"Ask not what an animal can do for you; ask what you can do for an animal." Jasper
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."