November 24, 2008

Pollution Ordinance Repealed

The Religion Clause blog reports this morning that the small community of Loyal, Wisconsin (population 1308) voted last week to repeal an ordinance that would have required horses within the city limits to wear manure-catching devices. The repeal of an ordinance passed just a month earlier grew out of concern that the law would discourage local Amish residents from visiting the city in their horse-drawn buggies.

It seems to this writer, who has heard similar suggestions locally in the past that such an ordinance would cut down on unwanted "pollution" of the city streets and parking lots, that any such ordinance should also require automobiles to have devices that would prevent automobiles from allowing exhaust fumes to escape into the air we breathe.