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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4 comments:

  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!

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

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

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  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!!

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