29 Jul 2004

Goldfish in a bowlItalian town bans goldfish in bowls
A town in Italy has banned people from keeping goldfish in bowls.

Giampietro Mosca, one of the council officials, said: “A fish kept in a bowl has a distorted view of reality and suffers because of this. “Also, this type of receptacle generally doesn’t have a filter and doesn’t allow for good oxygenation of the water, unlike in rectangular aquariums.

Chick and eggThe new laws come into effect in one week and also ban the sale of coloured chicks at fairs. The use of small animals as competition prizes will also be forbidden.

Mr Mosca said the laws were designed to educate young people about treating animals properly. “The ruling is intended to transmit a message about the correct treatment of domestic animals. In Monza, where we have no less than 15,000 dogs for 120,000 inhabitants. You have no idea of the hygiene problems caused by animals and people living together and we don’t want to see animals treated like objects any longer.”

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