The Italian Almanac


Italian News - May 26

Fun fairs in the Italian region of Lombardy will soon have to do without the goldfish that have long been the reward for success at all sorts of throwing and shooting games. The health committee of the regional assembly has just green-lighted a bill which, among other things, bans the use of any animal as a prize for games or lotteries.

The draft law, which is expected to win definitive approval shortly, contains a series of measures designed to stop people abandoning or mistreating pets such as dogs and cats. The goldfish protection clause is not the first of its kind in Italy. Last year, the northeastern region of Liguria also passed a similar ban on using the fish as prizes, as did Rome's city council.

Last December Italy's animal protection agency ENPA organised spot checks at a permanent fairground in Rome, and found several stands still had fish hung up in small transparent bags. Police handed out fines of 166 euros to offenders.