CHESEAUX-NOREAZ, Switzerland | In latest quirky Swiss poll, voters asked to save cow horns

23Nov - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



CHESEAUX-NOREAZ, Switzerland— As a hollow cowbell echoes through a rolling, misty Swiss countryside, cattle herder Armin Capaul smiles and cracks wise about the feat he’s pulled off: Using the country’s system of direct democracy to force a vote on an issue dear to his life and livelihood — whether cows keep their horns.

The small-time cattle raiser in the Bernese regional village of Perrefitte is the unassuming if media-friendly mastermind behind a proposal, years in the making after a painstaking petition drive, that Swiss farmers should receive state compensation for letting cows and goats keep their horns.

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