Rome bans goldfish bowls, orders dog walking

 |  May 18th 2006  |   0 Contributions


Those Italians, first they do that whole Roman Empire thing and then the next thing you know they're leading the rest of the world in animal protection. I've always thought well of them for their jewelry, clothing and cooking. Now I have something else to admire about Italians!

Thanks to Kelly F. for writing in about this article on MSNBC.

Kelly F. wrote:
Hey Joy! Check this out!

ROME - The city of Rome has banned goldfish bowls, which animal rights activists say are cruel, and has made regular dog-walks mandatory in the Italian capital, the town's council said on Tuesday.

The classic spherical fish bowls are banned under a new by-law which also stops fish or other animals being given away as fairground prizes. It comes after a national law was passed to allow jail sentences for people who abandon cats or dogs.

"It's good to do whatever we can for our animals who in exchange for a little love fill our existence with their attention," said Monica Cirinna,the councilor behind the by-law. The civilization of a city can also be measured by this," she told Rome daily Il Messaggero.

The newspaper reported that round bowls caused fish to go blind. No one at Rome council was available to confirm this was why they were banned. Many fish experts say round bowls provide insufficient oxygen for fish.

In July 2004, parliament passed a law setting big fines and jail terms for people who abandon pets and since then local governments have added their own animal welfare rules many of which will be difficult to police.

Whatever's in their water I want it! If we get enough of it maybe we could offer some to officials here in the States!

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