Switzerland Denies Vegan Lady Passport For Being Annoying

Locals refuse to have a vegan lady in their town because she doesn’t accept Swiss traditions.

When can one say enough is enough? Probably, this will be the first thing that a lot of people will think when they read this article. I personally have no bias here as there might be flaws on both sides, but this is one story that really comes to show that we should learn to live side by side.

A vegan lady born in the Netherlands is refused a Swiss passport despite her living in Switzerland since she was a young girl. She has been campaigning against animal cruelty. One specific instance is how cows need to wear bells around their necks. And this has led her neighbors to feel that she is disrespecting Swiss traditions.

Some think that she has gone overboard in her vegan principles which led the Swiss government refuse her to stay in the country.

Check out the full story below and tell us what you think.

Switzerland Denies Vegan Lady Passport For Being Annoying

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A left-wing Dutch vegan who campaigned against cowbells in the Swiss village where she lives has had a request for a Swiss passport thrown out after annoying the locals.

Nancy Holten, who was born in the Netherlands but moved to Switzerland at the age of eight, is a fluent speaker of Swiss German and has children who are Swiss nationals.

And she wanted a Swiss passport herself, but was refused after locals who were consulted about her request said they were ‘fed up’ of her challenging Swiss traditions by campaigning against the use of cow bells.

The campaign against cow bells by the 42-year-old vegan and animal-rights activist has made her unpopular in the Alpine confederation.

And now the majority of residents from Gipf-Oberfrick in the canton of Aargau have successfully blocked her second attempt to get a Swiss passport.

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The resident’s committee argued that if she does not accept Swiss traditions and the Swiss way of life, she should not be able to become an official national.

She said of her situation: ‘The sound that cow bells make is a hundred decibel. It is comparable with a pneumatic drill. We also would not want such a thing hanging close to our ears?’

She also railed against the weight of the famous cow bells.

Nancy complained: ‘The bells, which the cows have to wear when they walk to and from the pasture, are especially heavy.

‘The animals carry around five kilograms around their neck. It causes friction and burns to their skin.’

The Dutchwoman, who describes herself as a freelance journalist, model and drama student, has also campaigned against a number of other Swiss traditions like hunting, pig races and the noisy church bells in town.

In 2015 the villagers successfully stopped her application for naturalisation in a referendum.

While the town authorities wanted to give her the Swiss nationality, 144 out of 206 citizens voted against the plan.

This time her application was denied again, with locals especially angry about the increasing media coverage Holten seeks for railing against Swiss traditions.

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Local politician Tanja Suter agreed with the majority of the town’s citizens and said Holten had a ‘big mouth’, saying she did not deserve to get a Swiss passport ‘if she irritates us and does not respect our traditions’.

Holten said she does not have anything against Swiss traditions but in the end only cares about animal welfare.

She said: ‘I think I spoke my mind too often, and I say it out too loud.’


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