View Full Version : Italian restaurant fined for "cruel" lobster display

Apr 29th, 2006, 01:13 AM
ROME (Reuters) - 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.

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.

"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."

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."

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. :eek:

Apr 29th, 2006, 01:16 AM
Uhm. But they still allow them to cook the lobsters? These people do realize they're boiled alive, right?

Apr 29th, 2006, 09:29 AM
Can't be any worse than the guy that butchered a live lobster on the Today Show a few years back.....

Apr 29th, 2006, 11:57 AM
Uhm. But they still allow them to cook the lobsters? These people do realize they're boiled alive, right?

I was wondering the same thing - I guess slow suffocation is more painful to a lobster than boiling water :retard:.

I sort of agree though - if you're going to leave the animals on display like that, they should be dead before you do it.

Sam L
Apr 29th, 2006, 12:16 PM
Viva Italia! :clap2:

Apr 29th, 2006, 12:24 PM
Viva Italia! :clap2:

grazie :)

Apr 29th, 2006, 12:25 PM
Cool, if only the practice of putting the lobsters alive in boiling water stopped- it would be great :yeah:

And btw, a propos of the paragraph you put in bold. I think it's absolutely great the authorities fine people who don't go out with their dog 3 times per day. Having a dog is not only a right but also a great responsability towards an animal.