Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pooper-Scooper Law Meets CSI

DNA samples are being collected from canine residents in the city of Petah Tikva, Israel. For the next six months, unscoooped poop found on the city sidewalks and other inappropriate places will be brought to a municipal lab and compared to the DNA samples in an effort to identify the pooper and slap a fine on the non-scooper. Meanwhile, poop deposited in specially-marked receptacles around the city, will be identified and the depositor awarded with dog toys and coupons for dog food. If this voluntary trial period is successful, the city is considering making the DNA testing mandatory for all dogs. Of course, the major flaw with the trial period is that people who don't scoop are not about to bring their dogs to the municipal veterinarian for the oral DNA swab in the first place. Also, how long are people going to have to carry the poop around to get it to one of those specially marked receptacles? Unless there's one on every corner, I don't think they're going to do much business.

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