Activists from ALF (Animal Liberation Front) they removed the hand-held rifle from the Madonna del s'ciopo, the sacred image that is venerated by hunters and fishermen of the Venice Lagoon. Animal rights activists went into action at night, as announced by the association One hundred percentanimalists.
The glass that protected the capital was torn off, then the weapon was taken away. It was also left on the tombstone the "signature" of the ALF. The group does not believe that it has carried out a profanation, but that it has done justice to a sacred image that is exploited for "justify the violent and cowardly behavior of the killer hunters". The capital was created at the behest of Primo Cimarosto, president of the local section of the Italian Federation of Hunting, as a thank you for having saved himself from the shots of the fascists in 1944.
This sacred image has been talked about for some time: some associations have denounced its presence, but every year there are many people who attend the mass celebrated in front of the capital. The ALF blitz has brought this topic back to the fore.