Dog Poop Is A Matter Of National Security In The UK

May 27th, 2008 by Dan

While I firmly believe every dog owner should always pick up after their pooch “does their business”, six different borough councils in the United Kingdom have now owned up to using laws and surveillance tactics that are usually reserved to fight terrorism to arrest and bring to justice those who fail to pick up their dogs poop.

No Dog Poop Sign

Photo by b-duss

It was stated that the borough councils were acting under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa), which was created in 2000 to “act in the interests of national security”. Does dog poop really fall under that heading? While gross, I don’t know about a threat to the safety of the country!

According to an article in the UK paper “The Guardian”, Council officers have used binoculars and digital cameras to catch lazy owners in the act.

Brian Binley, Conservative MP for Northampton South had this to say on the subject, “I just find this remarkable. If it was not so serious it would be totally laughable. But we really are turning local authorities into private detectives or the equivalent of KGB operatives.”





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