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02:04 pm - The Campaign of Dog Poop: District Mayor Tomáš Chalupa, Prague 6

The scene in the video clip is idyllic: The summer sun is shining brightly as a young man lays out a soft blanket on the grass on Vítězné náměstí in Dejvice. His girlfriend gently sets down a picnic basket and starts pulling out delicacies such as cake and strawberries, suggestively placing them in his mouth.

The young man, eyes closed in reverie, smiles with delight. But then his friend reaches down without looking, misses the basket and picks up a dark clump from the grass. And as the young man devours it, leaving smears around his mouth, he soon realizes in horror that it is not chocolate he's eating. It's dog poop.

Welcome to election season in Prague 6.

The district's mayor, Tomáš Chalupa, recently launched this video on the Internet in a bid to increase support for his re-election campaign in next month's regional elections. While dog waste is a major problem across the capital, the otherwise leafy streets of Prague 6 are especially bad — so much so that Chalupa may be the country's first politician to build his campaign around the issue of canine excrement.

"It was a desperate act," says Chalupa of his decision to launch the clip. "We wanted to shock people into action."

While some say the clip is over the top, so is Prague's dog-poop problem.

"We clean the streets and parks of Prague 6 twice a day," says Chalupa. "But, an hour after cleaning, the ground is filled with dog excrement just as before. And all that despite the fact that we have recently placed 400 baskets with bags expressly for disposing of dog crap throughout out the district."...(praguepost.com)

The mayor goes on to complain of the cost for city workers to remove the dog excrement, but fails to provide us with a workable solution to the problem.

The solution is to let the dog crap lay where it falls. Pet owners are happy and the city of Prague saves the cost of removing the dog crap. More importantly, dog crap is left in all its fetid glory to live out its natural longevity.

Problem solved.

A mayor that would base his campaign on the removal of dog crap is a disgrace and does a disservice to the citizens of Prague. Wouldn't the citizens be more in favor of leaving dog crap where it lays if they were presented with the complete facts about dog crap?

*Note: We at World of Dog Crap are working in earnest to verify the aforementioned video's existence, but under no circumstances will we provide links to or host the video. The desecration of dog crap as purported to be in this video is certainly "over the top", even for us.

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Date:June 7th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
It existed for certain. I have seen it on the news. Will try to find it for you.
Date:March 2nd, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
I've been to Prague and there is dog shit everywhere. Ummmmmm. lovely.
The Campaign of Dog Poop: District Mayor Tomáš Chalupa, Prague 6 - World of Dog Crap

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