This news from the translator of my book into Italian. Terrible!
In order to lighten the massive amount of procedures which must occupy the Italian magistrates, the Renzi government has decided to decriminalize the crimes of lesser severity, including among these the crime of cruelty against animals declaring it a misdemeanor. This means that no torturer of animals will end up more in prison, and anyone is free to mistreat animals.
There are two petitions on the web, Surname, first name, email address, comment: