Doggy DNA in Hoboken?
One Hoboken411 reader thinks tracking dog DNA in town would be a great idea!
“I wonder if we could do this in Hoboken. After a few fines, the program would be fully paid.
Greeting from München, where people pick up after their dogs, recycle correctly, and you can take your beer from the bar to the subway on the way home. Makes one not want to return to the US.”
The city will use the DNA database it is building to match faeces to a registered dog and identify its owner.
Owners who scoop up their dogs’ droppings and place them in specially marked bins on Petah Tikva’s streets will be eligible for rewards of pet food coupons and dog toys.
But droppings found underfoot in the street and matched through the DNA database to a registered pet could earn its owner a municipal fine.
I find this system to have quite a few holes in it:
- Do you think that “pet food coupons and dog toys” is enough of an incentive to get owners to submit specimens?
- How do you prevent abuse? Like putting a different owners dog droppings in the bins instead?
- How do you enforce it? It’s practically useless if you don’t have 100% compliance. The owners that submit – are likely NOT the offending ones.
- Another way to waste city money by having too many employees in the CSI: Canine labs.
Ambitious idea – but in my opinion – a total waste of time.