Italian ‘dog and cat tax’ muzzled after outrage


ROME–A proposal to levy a tax on cats and dogs that stunned Italy on Friday turned out to be all bark and no bite after a wave of popular anger saw it withdrawn on the same day it was made public.

Italy was abuzz for hours after local media reported that a parliamentary commission had proposed a tax on domestic “animals of affection” to raise revenue for debt-strapped cities and towns. There was so much reaction — all of it incredulous — that one Italian agency ran nearly 40 news items on the proposal in less than four hours.