One in 11 Tel Aviv residents own a dog. While the majority pick up poo like good citizens, a minority leave their pets’ droppings to become a smelly public nuisance waiting to be addressed.
The Tel Aviv municipality got it. A recent campaign attempted to call out the 2 percent of dog owners who “don’t care about the city” – the words of Town Hall, not ours – but the battle has now taken to the next level: They’ll actually take uncollected samples. dog feces and match them to a municipal dog DNA database.
Tel Aviv-Yafo City Council has approved an amendment to a city bylaw, which requires dog owners to provide a DNA sample from their pet when renewing their dog license. This way, inspectors will be able to identify violators, send them a fine in the mail and even make them responsible for the costs of sampling and testing.
“Maintaining cleanliness in public spaces is integral to the appearance of the city, and the municipality hopes its latest decision will persuade all owners to collect dog droppings,” the town hall said in a statement.
“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.
But before you celebrate by walking barefoot through the city streets, keep in mind that Israel’s Interior Ministry will need to assess the rule amendment for this somewhat Big Brother endeavor to take effect.
Despite this turn of events, Tel Aviv still prides itself on being the most dog-friendly city in the world, boasting, for example, of its municipality-issued “DigiDog” smart card that reminds owners of vaccinations at coming, informs them of new dog parks in their area and updates on upcoming dog events.
Like the one before Tu B’Av, Jewish Valentine’s Day, where dog owners in search of love are invited to a beach party alongside their pets. You know, to help break the ice.