A truly horrible thing would have happened in Italy: a colony of kittens was found by a passer-by inside a dumpster. The kittens, seven in total, were found lifeless and, apparently, they appear to have been shot and killed.
The horrific event once again shows how innocent beings are being brutalized and mistreated due to human ignorance. In Italy, the mistreatment of animals, in criminal law, is the crime envisaged by art. 544-ter of the criminal code under which: "1.
Anyone who, for cruelty or without necessity, causes an injury to an animal or subjects it to torture or behavior or fatigue or to work that is unbearable due to its ethological characteristics is punished with imprisonment from 3 months to 18 months or with a fine of between € 5,000 and € 30,000.
2. The same penalty applies to anyone who administers narcotic or prohibited substances to animals or subjects them to treatments that cause damage to their health. . The penalty is increased by half if the death of the animal derives from the facts referred to in the first paragraph."
Pollution: by 2060 most of population at risk of infertility
Temporal trends in sperm count: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis is a study which show how from 1973 to 2011, the sperm count in men is dramatically dropped by about 60 %.
Professor Shanna H. Swan, a specialist in Reproductive Epidemiology at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York said this is attributable to the pollutions. If this reduction continues over the next few decades, we risk encountering a concentration of spermatozoa so low that it even affects fertility.
Rresearchers said by 2060 humans could no longer produce enough sperm to reproduce. According to Swan, as early as 2045 most couples will need assisted fertilization to conceive, as natural sexual intercourse will become more and more complicated.
Article said it is not only the spread of pollutions that affects reproductive capacity, but also the radical change in lifestyle that has taken place over the last 50 years. Alcohol abuse, a sedentary lifestyle and an unbalanced diet are increasingly widespread behaviors.
The impact of these substances also affects other animals, as shown by the study on dogs Environmental chemicals in dog tests reflect their geographical source and may be associated with altered pathology published in Scientific Reports.
Scientists led by Professor Richard G. Lea have shown that man's best friend suffers from the same sperm drop observed in man. Studies on farmed mink have revealed an increasing spread of genital malformations, the spread of which is more marked even among animals exposed to wastewater, contaminated by our toxic chemical compounds.
Institutions such as the European Union are moving to regulate even more strictly the presence of these substances in everyday objects, in particular avoiding the replacement of harmful ones with equally harmful compounds. It will be a very dramatic scenario, as we often watch on the screen.