Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Italy Passes Tough Animal Cruelty Laws

Italy doesn't play around with animal cruelty. The following laws and ordinances were recently passed:
  • The city of Rome has banned goldfish bowls, which animal rights activists say are cruel, after reports that they can cause fish to go blind.
  • The same new by-law prohibits fish or other animals from being given away as fairground prizes
  • the city council has also made regular dog walks mandatory.
  • a national law was passed to allow jail sentences for people who abandon cats or dogs.
  • The northern city of Turin passed a law in April to fine pet owners up to €500 (£340) if they do not walk their dogs at least three times a day.
  • The Rome by-law requires owners to regularly exercise their dogs and bans them from docking their pets' tails for aesthetic reasons.
Now, I hope that the laws requiring that dogs be walked three times a day do make an exception for people who have enclosed yards that their dogs can run around in. Otherwise, I think those are all great laws! Monica Cirinna, the council member behind the city of Rome's by-law, says "It's good to do whatever we can for our animals who in exchange for a little love fill our existence with their attention." I wish there were more lawmakers who felt the same way!

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  1. Wow, no doubt Italy is the place to be!!!

    It's about time stringent laws are placed everywhere else in the world. Let's hope our lawmakers start following the Italians!

    Wtg Italy!

  2. That is pretty awesome! Go Italy!
    To the Italians, Grazie!

  3. Yeaaaa! Now if everybody else would follow the Italians!

  4. Yay! Listen up American law makers!! Only, we need some laws for cats too. Like stinky goodness everyday (MOM) & who cares if we get fat!!