Evolving in a culture of coexistence
On the 21st of January 2020, twenty-five pigs have been found abandoned in an illegal landfill in the Lombardia region (Cadegliano Viconago). According to investigators, it is not excluded that they were raised and then slaughtered illegally: The area, completely invisible from any outside viewpoint, would have fit the purpose and might have already signed the fate of other pigs before the discovery of the landfill.
“Guardian companion” (or “partner in crime”) of this family of 25 pigs and their final destiny, is the magistrate from Varese Lorenzo Dalla Palma – together with the animal protection agency and auxiliary judicial police, Francesco Faragò – who decided to strengthen the legal procedures in the protection of these pigs and to grant them a life without the risk of being euthanized (as is still praxis throughout Europe in case of confiscation of farm-animals), both lawfully necessary for the public health indications, but more in particular to guarantee them a life to do them right as sentient beings.
As a matter of fact, referring to the ongoing evolution within the law and legislation on the protection of animals, the PM decided to embrace in particular the legislations that enabled the pigs to be considered outside the limiting definition of livestock, to prevent them from any other possible form of usage and as an act to create awareness within society itself, giving the family of pigs the compensation for any possible endured mistreatment.
The magistrate has decided to turn the tables, using this legal situation to fully embrace the article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty, signed December 13th 2007 and ratified by law in Italy in august the 2nd of 2008, defining “the recognition that animals are sentient beings and that their wellbeing will be taken into account as such” together with the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals signed november 13th 1987 and ratified by law in Italy november 4th 2010 in which “a companionship animal is defined as any animal kept or intended to be kept by man in particular in his household for companionship.”
Exchanges with anti-speciesist ethologist Dr. Francesco De Giorgio have further defined the need for a socio-cultural awareness to ensure beside the ethological needs, that the 14 adults and 11 young ones will be seen as subjects, in line of the desire of the magistrate – not to have them end up as part of any kind of further usage.