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Israeli City Using DNA to Stop Doggie-Dropping Disasters

In an effort to clean up the neighborhood, the city government of Petah Tikva, Israel has created a dog-DNA database. In exchange for registering their pooches' DNA with the city vet, residents will be eligible for pet-food coupons and dog toys if they place doggie doo-doo in marked bins. But — if a pooch's poop is found on the street, the registered owner will get a ticket.

Officials say not only will this reduce the number of "land mines" around the city, but it could allow vets to research genetic disease in dogs and help the pound ID strays. Should city governments go further and require pet owners to register doggie DNA, or would this be legislating good manners?


Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
At this point it is voluntary so I don't see a problem with it. But I also know that people that let their dogs poo without picking it up aren't likely to register. I'd have no problem with them making it mandatory here because I do think we need to legislate some good manners sometimes.
lolalu lolalu 9 years
I think this is a great, albeit creepy, idea. I never understand why people don't pick up their shit! Pardon my french, but you would never go for a walk , drop down your pants and take a dump and walk away... so WHY do you let your dog, who YOU are responsible for, do it and not clean up. It makes me so mad when I go for my jogs and see shit all over the sidewalks! Again, sorry for the language but it just irks me to no end.
redegg redegg 9 years
This just says nanny state to me. They would ticket you for poop? And what happens if you don't pay your poop tickets? Do you not get your license renewed? Your street parking permit? Your dog can't renew his license because he hasn't paid his poop tickets? LOL. Maybe they'll even issue a warrant for your arrest for too many unpaid poop tickets.
karenpanna karenpanna 9 years
Its an interesting idea, especially with providing an incentive to the pet owners to register their animals. I find it to be a creative solution to helping resolve something that could become a public health issue. Any step to help clean up a neighborhood is a good idea personally. However, I feel bad for the poor individuals stuck on "clean up duty". At least they are getting paid-- or perhaps they could make those needing to complete community service as a part of their sentence take care of the matter. Pardon my language, but its a $h*tty job, but someone has to do it, right? If the government if creative with its resources, and it helps resolve the problem, I don't thinks its a bad idea!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
:D I love bringing a smile to your face, dear! That really is some weird-lookin' poo. And there seems to be quite a lot of it for such a li'l dog, too.
outofhere outofhere 9 years
"Hummus-flavored Play-Doh?" Jude, you crack me up!!!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I hate dog shit on sidewalks. There is a reason I NEVER look up when I'm walking through the city. Paris is the worst I have ever seen. It was disgusting - all over the place. These little motorbikes would come along and vaccuum it up. BTW, I agree that doesn't look like normal dog shit. I would start testing the DNA of any shit I saw on the street that looked like that...
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it's certainly an interesting and new approach to things. i'm sure that there are a lot of people who would be willing to register their dog's DNA for benefits like coupons and toys for their pup - and hopefully it will result in fewer messes on the street. i wonder where the $$ to pay for the testing will come from since DNA testing isn't cheap and well..there are a LOT of dogs out there.
chocolatine chocolatine 9 years
I've been to Petah Tikva a couple of times, and I never noticed a dog poo problem. This town is a middle-class bedroom community, certainly much cleaner than Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. There are definitely better ways to spend the money.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
CaterpillarGirl, that is the best thing I've heard all day!
geebers geebers 9 years
:rotfl: yesteryear
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
That seems excessive.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 9 years
So weird - but I almost wish they would do this in NYC! :clean: It's out of control here!
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
cant wait until they do this same thing for homeless people.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I try to say "the U.S." instead of "America" too! It's more accurate,and I think it just sounds more educated. Calling our country "America" always males me think of politicians giving speeches.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I don't have a problem with it as long as it's voluntary. It seems like a good idea to offer incentives since it's a public health issue.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Interesting...I certainly know of legitimate groups who dispute Israel's borders, but not its existence as a sovereign nation. I guess I will have to look into that more.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Yes. Thank you.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
Because it's disputed not by me personally but by a large population of the world. Just like I typically put "America" in quotes because that implies we are taking about the U.S.A although South America could be called "America" too. Hope your curiousity is fulfilled.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Just out of curiosity, bastylefilegirl, why do you put "country" in quotation marks when referring to Israel?
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
I have a dog and hate when people leave their dogs droppings on the street and in other peoples yards. However we are talking about Israel here and aren't there better things do be doing in that "country" other than regulating dog poop. PRIORITES!
piper23 piper23 9 years
I'm no dog poop expert but the poop depicted in that picture is not of this world.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I get really annoyed with the "it's poo, poo degrades, who cares?" mentality. We have a bunch of dog parks where I live and they're actually shutting them down because people aren't picking up their dog poo. The city has to clean up all the messes that people are too careless to pick up themselves. Not to mention that dog poo is basically furthering the life cycle of numerous parasites. Which people can then become infected with. Ick. Pick up your dog poo!
michlny michlny 9 years
They are so ahead of the curve, technologically. I love the creativity!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Hummus-flavored Play-Doh?
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