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Woman Refused Swiss Passport For Being An Annoying Vegan

Woman Refused Swiss Passport For Being An Annoying Vegan

Can we do this every time?

No one seems to like vegans - it must be a hard life, living off tofu and carrot sticks, and not getting to eat pizza.

But who knew that a country could refuse to give someone a passport just because they were vegan? Because that's exactly what Switzerland has done.

Yep, the Swiss, known for being neutrals, possibly the most dull and inane people on the planet, appear to have gone full savage.

Netherlands-born Nancy Holten moved to Switzerland when she was eight and has recently tried to apply for a Swiss passport. She's been denied not once but twice.

She is fluent in the language, has Swiss children and has lived in Switzerland for over 30 years, so what's the problem?

It's because her vegan ways are "annoying."

Watch her being annoying here (how's your languages)...

Credit: Nancy Holten

The animal rights activist has wound up her neighbours by speaking out against Swiss traditions like the 5kg cowbell that alpine cattle wear round their neck.

She allegedly said that it's cruel: "The sound that cow bells make is a hundred decibels. It is comparable to a pneumatic drill. We also would not want such a thing hanging close to our ears."

Which is true - I wouldn't like to carry 5kg around my neck but then again I'm not a cow.

It's not just the cowbell that has caught Nancy's attention; according to The Daily Mail, Nancy has pissed off her traditional neighbours by campaigning against hunting, piglet races and the noisy church bells in town. Not 100 percent sure how church bells have anything to do with veganism but Nancy just likes a lie in or chickens hate bells. Who knows.

Credit: Nancy Holten/YouTube

Sadly for Nancy, she has been thinking too much about cows and pigs and bells and not enough about how this is affecting her neighbours. In Switzerland, local residents have a say in the passport application process and when Nancy applied for a Swiss passport in 2015, 144 out of 206 residents said no.

According to The Independent, Tanja Suter, the president of the local Swiss People's Party, has said Ms Holten has a "big mouth" and that residents didn't want to give her citizenship "if she annoys us and doesn't respect our traditions."

Irritating her neighbours with her complaints has been a serious mistake for Nancy. She admits that she spoke her mind too often, and too loudly, but says she doesn't have anything against Swiss traditions - only animal cruelty. And bells.

Her case has gone to the canton of Aargau to be reviewed (the one in Switzerland, not in Star Wars).

Words Laura Hamilton

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Vegan