Italy/New highway code: Italian motorists have to help animals
Under the new highway code Italian motorists have the obligation to help
animals run over by their vehicles; in case motorist run away without
providing help they will face a fine of up to 1500 Euros.
Whoever assists the animals will not be sanctioned in case he breaks the
highway code by taking the animals in need of urgent care to a veterinary
This is an important step towards the acknowledgment of animal rights on
legal grounds and is the result of the campaigning carried out by the
Italian Antivivisection League (LAV), with the help of the two major Italian
parties (PD and PdL) and the Intergruppo Parlamentare Animali (Animalist
The LAV president Gianluca Felicetti has welcomed the new article of the
highway code as a step forwards in the legal recognition of animal rights,
who are now granted the same right as humans in case of urgent help.