Strange days in this country
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
The past week showed quite a bit of turmoil in my country.
The minister of foreign affairs stepped down yesterday because he had insisted that he'd been present in Putin's datsja and had heard Putin make comments about creating a big Russia. This was a lie. Our prime minister knew about that lie and did not do anything. His government is not liked by me (and many) because it is breaking down the health care system and not taking proper care of the poor, the elderly and the disabled.
Next, in the past days here in my country there has been a huge topic in the news as our government has made a law that everyone is automatically a donor of organs when they die. The law passed, yesterday, with 38 votes against 36.
So from now on (well in the near future) if one does NOT want to donate organs after he or she passes away, he or she hase to make that known in a special register. So far someone who wanted to be a donor had to carry a note saying that they wish to be a donor or register that wish. This law reverses that now.
On a bit lighter note I also read that soon, in many cities, cats will also have to be chipped just as dog owners here are obliged by law to chip their dog. The goal of the new rule is that if a cat goes astray it can be returned to it's owner and in the long run, the problems with stray cats will diminish. It's also hoped that this obligation will make cat owners more responsible in how they treat their animals.
My personal hope is that soon there will also be an obligation for cat owners to pay taxes, just like we have 'dog taxes'. A dog owner pays over 100 euro's per year on 'dog tax'. Should a person have two dogs, the price goes up to a sum of 275 euro's! A cat owner pays nothing, so far. I tend to think of that when I watch other peoples' cats poop in our yard!