The drift of animalism
Italian animal rights activists are becoming increasingly radicalized and consequently they lose the consensus of a part of public opinion. It's normal for this to happen when you pursue unpopular, ideological choices beyond normal understanding. And the news from the province of Pavia offers us some clear examples of this belief of ours. First of all, the affair linked to the "Free Hearts" association which was responsible for providing assistance to various animals, including several pigs, victims, according to them, of unspecified mistreatment. So far, nothing to complain about, everyone uses their time as they see fit. The animals are kept in an area in the municipality of Zinasco, affected by ASF, African Swine Fever and the virus has also affected the association's pigs. Some specimens died and then the Pavia ATS ordered the suppression of all specimens as happened in many farms in the area.
A total loss of reason
Faced with the warning from the health authority, the animal rights activists opposed it and in the end, in front of the cameras of onlookers and the press, the Police and Carabinieri, in riot gear, took care of restoring order. A simple internet search offers numerous videos of the incident. But is it normal to reach these limits, with protesters immobilized on the ground? Is it so difficult to understand that we are talking about public health, that we must protect an economic sector that employs thousands of farmers and their employees? These scenes reveal a total loss of reason, an escalation of violence that unfortunately we hunters know well as the damage to sguass, quagliodromes and huts has already begun in our province. But the absurd reached Bereguardo, also in the Province of Pavia, where around twenty animal rights activists tried to hinder the Donkey Palio, the traditional event for the feast of the patron saint San Zeno. The handful of demonstrators with the usual aggressiveness tried to prevent the race, boasting alleged mistreatment, which otherwise did not exist, causing the crowd present to revolt.
Only the presence of the police, who instead of focusing on the real criminals having to waste time with these banalities, saved the demonstrators who were made to board the official cars and were driven away. Also in this case the events that occurred were reported by the local press. The public was right to rebel, the authorities are right to enforce laws for everyone but what is worrying is the arrogance of animal rights activists who in the name of an extremist ideology make use of violence and resistance in a serial, normal, without having doubts about the lawfulness of their actions. Perhaps a tightening of the penalties, criminal and pecuniary, would bring some order among these gentlemen. Faced with a European Regulation which currently imposes a criminal sanction on a hunter who has two lead cartridges in his pocket and is in a humid area, we have total impunity for people who do not respect the provisions of the health authorities and who want to prevent the regular progress of a very banal donkey race awaited and followed by thousands of people. The good news is that public opinion is starting to react and perhaps will also ask their elected representatives in Parliament to react with a tightening of penalties (source: Federcaccia Brescia).