Hold onto your dachshunds, baby – the Buenos Aires City government has just made it legal to take your pet on the subway.

Come the dog days of summer, subway riders will be able to take their furry friends with them as they trace the subterranean depths of the city – at least on the weekend and public holidays.

The law, introduced by hastily-drawn sketch of Billy Zane and Buenos Aires City governor, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, came about after social media surveys found that porteños overwhelmingly support canine public transport.

Billy Zane
Minister Billy Zane

Of course, on his twitter, Larreta did phrase the question in such a way as to make a negative response impossible.

“Given we all know they’re another family member, do you agree that your pet should be allowed to travel on the subway on weekends?”

Which is like saying, “given you believe that pets should be allowed to travel on the subway, do you agree that pets should be allowed to travel on the subway on the weekends?”

Given we all know they're an integral part of the family, do you agree that your pet should be allowed to travel on the subway on weekends?" Cute emoticons
“Given we all know they’re another family member, do you agree that your pet should be allowed to travel on the subway on weekends?” Cute emoticons. 65% of people in favour.

 

There will be an initial “test phase” to see how the pets “behave” on the subway. There will also be size limits, so no horses or great danes.

The law raises another question: could this part of a grand canine conspiracy? While many a basement troll would have us believing that Argentina is simply a puppet to the evil imperial powers of Russia, The US or Iranian or possibly sinister drug traffickers or the Catholic Church, today’s legislation suggests a different locus of power – dogs.

Evidence

  1. The sidewalks, the trees, and the roads are covered with their waste and nobody cares
  2. Yesterday, the government voted in favor of banning dog racing in all of Argentina.
  3. They live in apartments (just look up one day, and you’ll see them all);
  4. They have their own designated space in parks

What’s next? A dog in the Casa Rosada?

It wouldn’t be the first time.

In January, Macri took a photo of his dog Balcarce in the presidential seat and posted it on twitter. Coincidence? I think not.

In January, Macri took a photo of his dog Balcarce in the presidential seat.