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Ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi turns love for animals into votes with new project ‘Movement for Animals’

Caterina Zita: ‘Italy’s Ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is backing a new pro-animal rights movement in his latest political comeback… The 80-year-old spoke about his own “happy family” of dogs, horses, sheep and the other animals which live with him at his Milan villa, while discussing the recently founded ‘Movimento Animalista’ (Movement for Animals) on Italian TV… The billionaire cited surveys which show 92 percent of Italians consider dogs to be their family members, with one in four people letting their pups sleep under the covers in their bed. The movement was founded in early May by Michela Vittoria Brambilla, an MP for Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, and the four-time prime minister has offered to lend it his full support as a founding member… The main goal of the new movement is to get animals recognized in Italy’s constitution as sentient beings, a change of status which would allow the law to inflict harsher punishments on those who mistreat or kill animals. The group will run independently at the next elections, which look likely to be held this autumn, and the Forza Italia (FI) leader said that if they manage to achieve parliamentary representation, FI will vote in favour of their proposals’. SOURCE…

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