Lisbon residents launch campaign to end `dog poo plague'

in Regional · 21-05-2011 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

A group of residents from the Bel‚m parish of Lisbon have launched a campaign against dog poo in the streets and gardens of Lisbon

"Have you ever stepped on a `present' on a footpath or in a garden? Have you had the pleasure of cleaning dog poo off yours or your children's shoes? Would you like a cleaner and more civilised city?" These are the questions asked by members of No Sh!t Report on their Facebook page.
In order to raise awareness of the issue, designer Guilherme Almeida Ribeiro has created a logo for members of the public to print and put up in problem areas.
"On the first day, we aim to place one single sign in a particular public garden. Then we will gradually increase the number of signs until the garden is full of them and they become a nuisance," said NO Sh!t Report's founder, Joao Rosa.
The group also aim to collect as many photos of dog poo as possible in the next three months in order to create a giant canvas to be hung from a building in the capital, to raise further awareness of the problem. Photos from cities other than Lisbon are also accepted, but the group asks that people send in a caption identifying the location.
"This is not an anti-dog campaign," said Joao Rosa, adding that the aim is to call people's attention to an old problem in Lisbon, which has never been fully resolved. "There can't be a policeman behind every dog," said Mr. Rosa.
Lisbon councillor, Ant¢nio Carlos Monteiro, who has previously been in charge of the Urban Hygiene department agrees that the issue is difficult to resolve.
"In the two years that I was in charge, I don't remember anyone being fined," he said.
According to Lisbon's solid waste rules, owners who do not clean up after their dogs can face a fine of between _48,50 and _727,50.
"In 2005, the services told me that the inspectors had to have a municipal police officer with them to identify people, they didn't have the authority to do it themselves," said Mr. Monteiro.
Other methods, such as waste bag dispensers also didn't work: the plastic bags would disappear, but the streets continued to be dirty. The councillor then brought in 25 `motocaes', motorcycle street cleaners, who according to him are now barely seen.
According to Lisbon's current councillor for public spaces, S  Fernandes, the `motocaes' are still in service. In April, S  Fernandes announced that a campaign was being launched to combat the problem of public health, although this has been postponed until January as the hiring of more street cleaners has been delayed due to austerity measures.
For further information about the campaign, visit the website at: or find then on Facebook.


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