Italians Fight Over Proposal to Allow Dogs and Cats in Public Places

 |  Mar 20th 2008  |   0 Contributions

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Fur flies as Tuscan culture goes to the dogs
March 18, 2008

ROME Guardians of Florence's cultural treasures fear proposals to allow pet owners in the region to take their dogs and cats to restaurants, theatres and other public places will spoil the Tuscan aesthetic experience.

Dog-owning film director Franco Zeffirelli, a resident of regional capital Florence, said he agreed with any law that safeguards 'the dignity of 'man's best friend'', but believed it was going too far to sit them in the stalls with their owners.

'Dogs and cats are a bit like children and should be in places they enjoy. I would never take them to La Scala (opera house in Milan),' he told Corriere della Sera newspaper. 'It would be torture for them.'

A new law sponsored by opponents to 'animal discrimination' is expected to fly through the regional assembly. It will scrap a ban on pets in public places, as long as they have the proper vaccination certificates and are kept on a leash.

Defenders of the new law believe it will reduce the number of cats and dogs abandoned by the roadside every year by making pets less of an inconvenience to their owners.

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