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Saevitia in bruta est tirocinium crudelitatis in homines”: considerazioni sul rapporto bambini, animali, violenza.

2011.03.02

AUTHOR: Silvana Castignone, Professore Emerito di Filosofia del Diritto. Facoltà di Giurisprudenza. Università di Genova.
TITLE: “Saevitia in bruta est tirocinium crudelitatis in homines”: considerazioni sul rapporto bambini, animali, violenza.

PUBLICATION DATE: March 2011
PUBLICATION PLACE: dA web Center, March 2011

ABSTRACT


This study analyses the relationship between children, animals and different forms of violence, be it violence directly on the animal, violence on a pet that the child likes as a form of punishment that asserts a position of dominance, or violence exerted on the animal by adults, which can have harmful psychological effects in the child.
The author provides historical and juridical references serve to frame the context of violence described.

Animals were legally recognized in Italy, in 1993, as sentient beings. However, concepts and terms still remain in legal language that reveal that this recognition has not produced any real change. As an example, the latest Italian regulation of 2004 still classifies the mistreatment of animals under the paragraph for “offenses against the feelings of persons”, which has sparked the protests of animal advocates, who understand that the problem with animal abuse is primarily the suffering of the animals.


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