Italy bans New Year fireworks to protect pets

December 29th, 2011 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Turin, Dec 29 (IANS/AKI) Italy’s major cities including Turin, Venice and Bari would ban the use of explosives during the New Year celebrations to protect pets as well as humans.

Turin’s prohibition was in the name of dog and cat protection, Bari’s law was passed to safeguard “the safety of people and other living beings”, and the ban in Venice was to generically protect the peace.

Violators would be fined up to 500 euros for lighting explosives as small as firecrackers.

In the days leading up to the holiday, police are raiding illegal factories and warehouses where fireworks are stored.

In Rome and Florence — the most celebrated Italian cities of art — the mayors have called for moderation.

–IANS/AKI
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