Vegan deemed ‘too annoying’ for Swiss passport wins appeal
Nancy Holten is Dutch but has lived in Switzerland since the age of eight.
The 43-year-old applied for citizenship twice but was denied both times for being ‘too annoying’.
Nancy speaks fluent Swiss-German and has two children who are Swiss citizens.
But locals in her village of Gipf-Oberfrick were fed up with her campaigns to stop the use of cowbells.
We also would not want such a thing hanging close to our ears
The left wing activist argues that the cowbells are cruel to the animals and has also protested against piglet racing and hunting, a televised sport.
Nancy, who says she is a freelance journalist, model and drama student, said: “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?”
The mum-of-two has a problem with the village church bells too, which she claims are too loud.
Nancy was denied citizenship by the local council in January, which led to her appeal.
Vegan Nancy Holten announced the citizenship win on Twitter
According to The Local, authorities overruled the decision on Friday, stating that Nancy met “all the prerequisites for naturalisation”.
She told the newspaper: “It is no longer very pleasant here, even though there are people in the village who have been supportive.
“I’ve stayed for the sake of the children. They live in this village, have their friends here, and go to school here and this is their home environment.
“Perhaps I will move to the next village. We’ll see.”
Vegan Nancy Holten has campaigned against cowbells in the small Swiss village
Nancy has been given her own show on TV station Schweiz 5, which is set to air over the summer.
She also uses her YouTube channel to campaign over animal welfare concerns.
When the Dutch citizen first applied for a Swiss passport in 2015, a majority of 144 out of 206 locals in the residents’ committee voted against her.
Swiss locals often get to vote on applications for citizenship in councils where the applicants live rather than the federal government.