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Tel Aviv-Yafo city council this week approved an amendment to a city bylaw requiring dog owners to provide a DNA sample from their dog when renewing their municipal dog license.
As part of municipal law enforcement efforts, city inspectors will then be able to test samples of unpicked dog droppings and match them with DNA samples in the city’s database. The dog owner will then receive a fine in the mail, as well as a fee for the cost of sampling and testing.
According to Tel Aviv city data, around 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of dog droppings are not collected by dog owners each month.
The Interior Ministry is in the process of evaluating the modification of the regulation, before confirmation. It’s safe to say that anyone who has intervened in a dog’s DNA would happily sign the Blessed Amendment – and since Home Secretary Ayelet Shaked is a Tel Aviv resident, it all boils down to whether Minister Yamina heard from someone’s results. the blatant lack of responsibility of others.
The PooPrints website offers DNA services to municipalities struggling with the less pleasurable side of their dogs, and suggests that there are 5 steps to success:
DNA test – a gentle swab from the cheek takes the DNA sample.
Registration – each dog’s genetic profile is saved and securely uploaded to the DNA World Pet Registry database.
Collect – use the PooPrints Waste Sample Collection Kit to collect a sample the size of a nickel.
Return – return the sample in its resealable container to BioPet Laboratories for processing of PooPrints samples.
Match – the unique genetic profile is generated and matched to the offending dog.
Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the service invites professionals from area municipalities to obtain a quote on the cost of forensic excavation. In Tel Aviv, the estimates I have heard are around 700 NIS ($ 215) per test, not including the costs of submitting the DNA sample from Man’s best friend, which are around 200 NIS (60 $) – all to be paid for by the best friend. Man (or his wife).
The Tel Aviv Municipality press release argued that the ratio of Tel Aviv-Yafo residents to dog owners is one of the highest in the world, with more than 40,000 households owning a dog, a dog owner for 11 inhabitants. This does not include cats, who are so much more responsible when it comes to hygiene.
So we researched and found that the top dog owner country is the United States of America, with 69,929,000 dog owners. That’s 19 in every 100 Americans, or one dog lover for every five Americans (74,059,000 Americans own cats).
The second largest nation in dog ownership is China, with 27,400,000 dog lovers (and a staggering 53,100,000 cat owners). And I know what you’re thinking – some of them can be bred by restaurateurs – and you should be ashamed of yourself.
Yet Tel Aviv is apparently recognized as one of the most dog-friendly cities in the world, and the municipality continues to offer free dog waste bags in public spaces. There are dozens of dog parks throughout the city, and city inspectors are fining dog owners who fail to get their best friends back.
Keeping public spaces clean is integral to the city’s appearance, and the municipality hopes its latest move will inspire all owners to pick up their dog’s droppings. The municipality believes that a combination of information campaigns, law enforcement and public cooperation is essential to improve the quality of life in urban areas.
And millions of cats keep wondering why can’t they just go in their litter box?