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When in Rome

By Gary Bogue
Friday, November 11th, 2005 at 1:36 pm in Animals, Cats, dogs, Fish, Pets.

According to a story by Tracy Wilkinson in the Nov. 9 Los Angeles Times, Rome, Italy, has now:

  • Banned goldfish bowls (too small). The fish must be kept in a full-size aquarium. You also can’t give the fish away as contest prizes.
  • Required dog owners to exercise their pets daily, or pay a $625 fine.
  • Forbidden the use of choke and electric collars.
  • Forbidden cosmetic declawing and tail and ear docking in dogs and cats.
  • Banned displaying pets for sale in store windows.

Do you think it’s catching?

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4 Responses to “When in Rome”

  1. Pat in Antioch Says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if it DID catch on?? If there are Beta (Siamese Fighting Fish) living in Rome, I sure hope they were included too. It breaks my heart to see those little guys “living” in 8 oz. of water. What a sad thing!! Let’s hear it for Rome and its Pet Population!!!

    Pat in Antioch

  2. Lynn Says:

    The dog-walking law is a nice idea, but the ban on choke and electric collars is ill-advised. Those collars are excellent training devices, when used properly. We recently took our two new dogs (rescued from the pound) to a professional trainer in Martinez. He used several training methods, from the Gentle Leader to the choke and pinch collars, and finally the electric collar. None of these devices have ever hurt our dogs. The end result is we now two of the most well-behaved dogs you’ll ever see. How can that be a bad thing?

  3. Melanie Says:

    I do think this is crazy myself actually. Wont be moving there anytime soon. LOL Love your column i read it every single and never miss a day unless im out watching wildlife in Alaska.

  4. Melanie Says:

    I do think this is crazy myself actually. Wont be moving there anytime soon. LOL Love your column i read it every single and never miss a day unless im out watching wildlife in Alaska.

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