Italian court finds beagle breeders guilty in politically motivated trial

Bene. Ora i cani sono liberi. Evviva! Vi consola di aver perso il lavoro? No? Peccato. Ora chiedetevi perché un’azienda estera non vorrebbe mettere piede in Italia a pagarla, sapendo (e notate che l’articolo è in inglese) che rischia di perdere tutto in una sentenza come questa. Secondo voi?

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Today, three members of management at Green Hill beagle breeding facility were found guilty of animal mistreatment and each sentenced to a 12-18 month prison sentence. This sentence is a farce, as we will explain. But first, let us return to the beginning.

In 2011, animal rights activists began a high profile campaign against the Green Hill beagle breeding facility in Italy. The facility, owned by Marshall Bioresources, was accused of mistreatment of the beagles . The campaign received enormous help from an Italian TV programme, Striscia la Notizia, that worked to turn public opinion against the breeding facility. In the course of the TV and newspaper reports many lies were told, for example that animal research was undertaken inside the breeding facility, that beagles were sold for cosmetic testing in France, and that dogs were debarked, even if the videos taken by the activists themselves showed dogs…

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