Dresden city council wants DNA matching for doggy-doo

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Thursday, March 31, 2005

DNA from registered dogs would be collected from blood or saliva for the "genetic fingerprinting" service. (Wikimedia file)

Councillors at Dresden City Council in Germany would like to match doggy-doo left by pets on the sidewalk and in parks, against a DNA database storing profiles for all of the city's 12,000 registered dogs. Karl Jobig, a Christian Democrat politician in Dresden, was surprised when his proposal received a majority vote.

"In this way, Dresden will once again be one of the cleanest cities in Germany," Roland Putzger, the leader of the local council, told The Guardian.

DNA from registered dogs would be collected from blood or saliva for the "genetic fingerprinting" service.

Saxony's data protection commissioner, Andreas Schurig, ruled that dogs had no rights over their data and could not object to the compulsory tests.

The proposal will be binding if the council passes it by majority vote in May.

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  • Another article, with comments and discussion by readers, in German:
freenet.de. "Der Kampf gegen den Hundehaufen" — freenet.de, March 30, 2005
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