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the Learning Animals website, and the Learning Animals / Animality studies are part of the Sparta Association – riserva dell’Animalità.

A cultural non-profit initially brought to life by the relentless passion and intent of Francesco and José De Giorgio, to create a dimension and a place to feel at home in the paradigm of Animality that belongs to all of us, but is not easily found in modern life.

In this page you’ll find a short description of the Association and our current campaign to support our work.


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Our current campaign

“Pigs do not exist”

Awareness Campaign “Pigs do not exist” – from zootechnics to subjectivities


A recent outbreak of ASF (African Swine Fever) in Italy, is making the current gap of knowledge and awareness regarding other animals as subjectivities – instead of objects within the field of zootechnics – extremely visible. The threat of the ASF outbreak has created an even more life-threatening measurement against pigs in Liguria, put in place by a regional ordinance.

An ordinance having nothing to do with the safety of the pigs and boars, as it is put in place providing a mass extermination of all pigs and wild boar in the Liguria red-zone, whether they are healthy or not, and regardless of the fact if they run a risk of getting infected. A petition to revoke the ordinance is already in place, but more awareness is necessary to address the gap and to avoid risk of further extreme decisions against the safety of pigs, and many other animals in similar situations.

The awareness campaign “Pigs do not exist” a fundraising campaign created by the Associazione Sparta – Riserva dell’Animalità (Sparta Association – Animal Reserve), has been initiated to facilitate those involved in this situation, and to call out for a need to grow in knowledge and information coming from a different paradigm – an antispeciesist ethology foundation. You can contribute to the campaign which addresses three different objectives/areas:



  • to support us in our own further measurements to guarantee the safety of the five Titan sisters – living at the Sparta Animality Reserve (located in Liguria), further increasing biosecurity measures, most of which are already in place, but with an extra boost to increase a bigger, dynamic, inside space, if further protection is necessary.


  • to support in the creation of awareness through a series of articles, interviews and short videos, translating in English the Italian published article “Pigs do not exist” (Axolotl, May 2021) to address the knowledge and information gap, and the awareness in general, how easily certain species can be defined as exterminable. An effort to create public awareness for the lack of knowledge and information to guarantee a quality life for animals that from a legislation point of view only exist as product, and how the farm-industry both causes suffering, but also keeps our society from evolving in our coexistence, being an obstacle in the need to dignify science. The campaign will address the translation costs and costs (400 Euro) related to the production of video interviews and a short documentary in the following months, editing images, videos, and putting together stories around the Titan-sisters, but also others, part of an extended family, like their “aunt” Carlotta, and Titan in Austria, as well many other.


  • In a shared effort and collaboration with a network of sanctuaries, there will be informative meetings organized, for practical support, both for sanctuaries as for private adoption realities, making sure no one ends up in facing authorities alone and to create space for the facilitation of all other animals involved. Meetings will take place both online and onsite, where Francesco De Giorgio will give consult private individuals/sanctuaries/associations that want to be advised on putting together all the necessary measures, facilitating the involved pigs and their cohabiting humans in applying these measures, without losing sight of animal quality experiences, even in a situation of constraint that might last for several months. The Titan-sisters already have a cognitive and adventurous understanding of changing spaces – for measurements in sanctuaries, or private situations of adoptions, we will start a series of online encounters where Francesco De Giorgio will be giving consults how to facilitate these pigs in a quality experience of changing spaces. The campaign aims to cover travel expenses (350 Euro) for Francesco De Giorgio.


It is time to dignify knowledge, science and an overall understanding of a need to evolve in coexisting. Please share !


Biosecurity boost shopping list:
– 20 panels of electro welded mesh, 5 mm wire, 10×10 cm mesh, approximate value 25 euro per panel;
– 12 EPAL pallets, 120X100 CM, approximate value 8 euro per pallet;
– Clothes change cabinet, approximate value 200 euro;
– Sanitary suits, no. 4, approximate value 50 euro per suit;
– kit disposable boots, approximate value 20 euro;
– no. 4 cubic metres of silica sand to arrange the bottom and make it easier to clean, approximate value 35 euro per cubic metre.

Tech support: 400 Euro

Travel expenses: 350 Euro







More about

Association Sparta – riserva dell’Animalità (cultural non-profit)

The cultural no-profit association “Sparta – Riserva dell’Animalità” is born to develop a new culture of animal knowledge, to understand the importance of Animality, and to develop new activities that can bring, and spread, this culture in everyday life.

The Association develops study programs, for people to support the change through their own learning, creates cultural exchange moments, organises guest lectures, creates space for practical experiences, works on publications for a different image of coexisting, and inspires on a daily basis to make a different knowledge paradigm tangible.

You can become a member to support the association in activities developed throughout the year, such as seminars, publications, social media presence, you can donate, or give support to and through specific campaigns.

Our current campaign is dedicated to creating awareness for the critical position, the lack of knowledge, information and need for an evolution in procedures and regulations when it comes to situations as the ASF  outbreak – the reason it is caused, but also the risk of preventive measurements, and the lives at stake, as is the case for the campaign “Pigs do not exist”.

You can also be part of the Association, develop your own knowledge and Animality partaking in one of the study programs (all proceedings are dedicated to the Association) taking the opportunity to be part of this philosophy, spreading this message, the revolution that it brings, even by simply living and preserving Animality in your own daily life.

A cultural change that builds new images – new thoughts, where animals are not denied, reified, mechanised and oppressed.

The Association Sparta – Riserva dell’Animalità, a non-profit organization, was founded with the desire to make a cultural, scientific, social and practical paradigm shift, from an animal knowledge that oppresses, to one that frees, starting from the fundamentals of antispeciesist ethology, where the coordinates of animality, subjectivity and animal cognition, become recognizable, enhanced, facilitated, experienced and perceived within the dimensions of coexistence of humans with (other) animals, but also for a new, more correct, understanding of natural phenomena, environmental and eco-ethological topics, ensuring paths of study, experience and promotion, which facilitate a dialogue with the world, based on the development of liberated relationships and emancipated from beliefs, habits, pressures and expectations.

The Association is founded on the basis of the Learning Animals studies and initiatives that have taken place in the passed decade. The Association is registered in Italy, founded at the end of 2021. The website – in development – in Italian with the full published statutes is:

Below an extract of an English translation. Further website developments in both Italian and English are planned in the course of 2022:

A reality then that focuses on an awareness, an evolution of thought, but also and above all a contact with ones own animality and animal logic that follows, as well as with important aspects of physical and mental well-being. The Association is responsible for the implementation and development of activities, in collaboration with other social, cultural, scientific and associative, national and international, entities for a process of change in continuous evolution. The mission of the Association Sparta – Animality Reserve is to emphasize the concepts and practical aspects related to – the meaning of animality (including human); – the importance of recognition related to bio-naturalistic and bio-evolutionary phenomena related to animals; – the thorough and authentic understanding of animal cognition and coordinates of social cognition; – the appreciation of the importance of knowing and protecting an animal logic; – establish a lifestyle and coexistence where there is a full involvement of the mental, physical and subjective sphere of each animal, including humans;

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