This story from Switzerland reads like a spoof from The Onion, but it seems to be true. "A Dutch vegan who applied for a Swiss passport has had her application rejected because the locals found her too annoying." How is she annoying?
"Ms Holten, a vegan and animal rights activist, has campaigned against the use of cowbells in the village and her actions have annoyed the locals. 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. Ms Holten told local media: “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. She added: “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?"
Here is what one of the local people said in response to this: "Ms Holten has a “big mouth” and that residents did not want to grant her citizenship “if she annoys us and doesn’t respect our traditions".
This woman says she is a journalist, model and drama student and has previously has also campaigned against a number of other Swiss traditions like hunting, pig races and the noisy church bells in town.
If you go to the story link you'll seem some amazing pictures of cow with fairly huge bells around their necks and others without them. I can just imagine this person constantly fussing about one thing or another as she attends local council meetings.