- 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.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Italy doesn't play around with animal cruelty. The following laws and ordinances were recently passed: