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From 4 May 2003 Issue

Roman Cats
By Demnymets@aol.com 

As a fairly new follower and supporter of the animal rights philosophies and protection movement, I'm always thrilled to find new information that reinforces my personal journey discovering human compassion. I recently found a whole country of them! Italy. Since websites speak more than a thousand words, I'd like to share:

Italian Law
http://www.friendsofromancats.org/italianlaw.html 

1) General Principles
The State enforces and regulates the treatment of domestic animals, condemns any violence against them, condemns the bad treatment or the abandoning of them, with the aim to promote the cohabitation of humans and animals, and to promote public health and the environment.

~Also~

San Francisco Chronicle
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/11/15/MN213504.DTL 

But Italy is far ahead of the United States in refusing to euthanize healthy cats and dogs, Wheeler said. In fact, it is illegal in Italy to put to death a companion animal. According to the Humane Society of the United States, between 4 million and 5 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States.

Then just recently this happy piece of news crossed my desk..in Spain:

Spanish Cities End Euthanization at Animal Shelters -
http://www.anc.org/pets/pets_article.cfm?identifier=2003_0411_euthanization 

The article begins:
The governments of the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Mataro recently prohibited animal shelters from euthanizing stray cats and dogs that are not severely ill or injured, or dangerous.

In my perfect world, such a law would be mandated in the U.S. also. It would certainly force our local communities to go after those who create the companion animal overpopulation problem in the first place!

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