In 2015 a 33-years-old woman, a stone's throw from the Trevi Fountain, in Rome (Italy), practiced begging using two wavy budgies, to attract the attention of tourists and obtain alms. The woman, now 38 years-old, was finally sentenced by the Criminal Court of Rome for animal abuse to pay a fine, since the practice of begging to attract tourists with two budgies was a serious fact of animal abuse, in which the woman had cut off their wings from the two birds.
In Rome, begging with animals is prohibited by the municipal regulations for the protection of animals. The veterinarian certified that even though it is a time limit, the cutting of the flight feathers limits the development of the behavioral range, with social and psychological influences in the birds.
The health of Mediterranean animals would be at risk
Many problems of the Mediterranean Sea derive from the fact that it is a closed basin, but in the first place there is obviously pollution and rising temperatures, even if the latter two are not the only ecological and environmental risk factors.
The species that populate the Mediterranean are subject to such a strong polluting pressure that in some cases they are more contaminated than the species that live in the Atlantic Ocean, a fact to think about carefully.
With regard to the health of species in the Mediterranean, it is difficult to give an assessment of an alleged improvement or deterioration over time, not having available past data on the entire basin. The Mediterranean fauna also suffers from problems such as involuntary catches in fishing gear and collisions with boats.
The whale, due to its swimming pattern on the surface, collides with fast boats. Experts said: "As several studies testify, to prevent this risk it would be sufficient to reduce the speed of the ferries. This would reduce mortality and limit the incidence of collisions with marine animal species.
In this way, in fact, the animals would have more time to avoid confrontation." Bycatch is a direct cause of mortality for mammals that become entangled in nets and die of suffocation, such as the sperm whale, which is becoming extinct in the Mediterranean.
The species has been decimated over the years, a victim of very large pelagic nets made up of large meshes, usually used in the lower Tyrrhenian Sea, between Sicily, Calabria and Sardinia to catch swordfish. Cases of accidental capture have also been detected this year, which the coast guard has tried to resolve off the Aeolian Islands.
Furthermore, plastic pollution is a problem that is affecting fish, mammals, turtles and birds, which more and more often die trapped in waste or from having ingested large quantities of plastic and microplastics.