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意一饭店因展示龙虾遭罚

2006-05-08 14:31蒋黎黎,CRI

Italy Restaurant Fined for "Cruel" Lobster Display

意大利维琴察市一家酒店为吸引顾客将大龙虾放在冰块上展出,日前这家酒店被判处688欧元罚款,因为该酒店的行为正好撞在意大利更新后的《反残酷法》的枪口上。

An Italian restaurant was fined 688 euros ($855) for displaying live lobsters on ice to attract patrons, in an innovative application of an anti-cruelty law usually affecting to household pets.

据路透社4月28日报道,意大利的《反残酷法》过去常常是为了保护家庭宠物,如今法律修改后连酒店的虾也可以受到保护了。意大利东北部城市维琴察的一家法院裁决维琴察市的“金色贝克”酒店展出龙虾的行为属于虐待龙虾,因为将龙虾放在冰块中展出会导致龙虾因窒息而缓慢死亡。

A court in the northeastern city of Vicenza ruled the display was a form of abuse dooming the crustaceans to a slow death by suffocation.

酒店老板表示:“我们正在上诉。法庭认为龙虾在冰块上遭受了痛苦,这是将龙虾与猫狗等其它动物相比较了。”

"We're appealing," said Giuseppe Scalesia, who runs La Conchiglia D'Oro, or "Golden Shell," restaurant along with his brother Camillo. "They said that the lobsters, laying on the ice, suffer... They compared them in court to other animals, like cats and dogs."

2002年5月,一位环保主义者带着自己的两个小孩去“金色贝克”酒店吃饭。他回忆说:“孩子们看见龙虾在冰块上被展出十分吃惊。”这名环保主义者随即向意大利动物保护组织ENPA反映了情况,ENPA后来向法院提起诉讼并准备了辩护律师。

The case was brought by Gianpaolo Cecchetto, a former environmental activist, who took his two young children to the Vicenza restaurant in May 2002.

"They were shocked by the display," Cecchetto told Reuters, adding he immediately got in touch with the ENPA national animal protection entity. "ENPA took care of the lawyers and legal proceedings."

报道说,意大利是世界上动物权利法施行最严格的国家。罗马在去年10月禁止人们用鱼缸饲养金鱼,因为这种行为被认为残忍;而都灵也通过了一项法律要求狗主人每天至少遛狗3次,否则将对狗主人罚款500欧元。

Italy has some of the world's toughest animal rights laws. The city of Rome in October banned goldfish bowls, seen as cruel, while Turin passed a law last year that would fine dog owners 500 euros unless they walked their canine friends at least three times a day.

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