You might remember that in Rome, Italy, the city council passed a measure last year outlawing fishbowls because they're cruel to fish. “It’s good to do whatever we can for our animals who, in exchange for a little love, fill our existence with their attention,” said Monica Cirinna, the councilor behind the by-law, at the time.
Such touching affection for sea creatures is not limited to Ms. Cirinna. PETA, take heart:
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.
It might not hurt to keep in mind that most lobsters are boiled alive before they're eaten. Should that be declared illegal, too, in favor of — I dunno, what's sufficiently humane? Would a nice sodium pentathol injection do?