Amsterdam city council has rejected calls from the local VVD party to bring in dna tests on dog mess, saying it will be expensive and break privacy rules, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday.
VVD councillors wanted to bring in a dna registration system to clamp down on owners who don’t clear up after their pets.
However, as well as the cost and privacy implications, research shows that fewer than half of the capital’s dog owners would comply with a voluntary dna register. ‘And those that will are the people who do clean up after their dogs,’ the paper quotes a council spokesman as saying.
Some 11% of Amsterdammers have a dog and dog mess on the streets is regarded by 30% of the city’s residents as a major problem.
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