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Prime minister Berlusconi saves Easter lambs, angering Italy’s meat lobby

Gavin Jones: ‘Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has infuriated Italy’s meat industry by joining a vegetarian campaign and “adopting” five lambs that would have been butchered for Easter. A video by the Italian League in Defense of Animals and the Environment, showing Berlusconi cuddling, kissing and feeding the lambs with a baby’s bottle, was circulated widely on social media over the weekend. The 80-year-old four-times prime minister was filmed in his parkland estate in front of a sign saying “Defend life, choose a vegetarian Easter”, while a scrolling message urged viewers to “Be like him. He saved five lambs from the Easter slaughter”…

Italians traditionally eat lamb or goat on Easter Sunday but consumption has declined sharply over the last five years due to an economic slump and growing success of vegetarian campaigns… Several newspapers reported last year that Berlusconi had become a vegetarian. He responded in a statement that he had “never made any declaration on this, either in public or in private”, neither confirming nor denying the reports’. SOURCE…

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