Gov't mulls "dog tax," stiffer punishment for animal abuse
A nationwide "dog tax" will be introduced and the cropping of ears banned in Hungary if the government's proposals for amending the country's animal protection law are accepted, writes origo.hu.
The government also wants to forbid tying up puppies to poles and to drastically increase fines for violations of laws governing domestic animals.
Under the draft, municipalities would count dogs each year. Owners who neuter their dogs and have electronic identification chips implanted in them would be exempt from paying tax. In addition, one dog per household could be kept tax-free if requested from the local government. Likewise, dogs adopted from shelters would be exempt from the tax.