NGOs condemn plan to allow slaughter of wild animals in Italian cities

Italian animal rights groups expressed outrage on Wednesday after Italian lawmakers approved a plan to allow hunting in urban areas. This measure is intended to limit the wild boars that roam in cities such as Rome. Parliament’s budget committee has given the green light to an amendment proposed by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s far-right Fratelli d’Italia party to the 2023 budget, which is due for a vote before the end of the year.

This amendment allows the culling of wild animals to protect motor traffic in protected areas, including cities, according to media reports. The Fratelli d’Italia party clarifies that it is not a question of hunting, but of “control”, confirming that wild boars roaming in public spaces are dangerous for citizens and drivers, in addition to the risk of spreading the virus, swine fever

“A New Season of Massacres”

Estimates put the number of wild boars in the country at two million. “The only way to limit their expansion is to kill,” said Marta Farolfi, MP for the far-right party.

Animal rights groups say the move could endanger protected species such as wolves. “This scandalous approval inaugurates a new season of massacres,” said Massimo Vitturi, of the LAV animal rights group. The Italian International Organization for the Protection of Animals (OIPA) assessed that it could pave the way for “indiscriminate killing of wild animals”.

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