Italy celebrates animals being recognised in Constitution


Italy celebrates animals being recognised in Constitution

1 March 2022
On March 9th LAV is organising a conference at the Italian Senate to understand what concrete changes this milestone decision will bring about. The event will be accessible online with English interpretation

On March 9th the protection of animals, environment, biodiversity and ecosystems will be officially recognised in the Italian Constitution. What changes and what impact will this have?

These questions will be discussed the same day, during a conference organised by our member LAV, who, back in 1998 wrote and deposited the first draft law for the recognition of animals in the Constitution. 

The event, which will take place at the Italian Senate, in the same building where the Constitution was signed in late December 1947, can be also attended online, with the support of English interpretation.

Our CEO Reineke Hameleers and Massimiliano Conti, Commander of CITES Carabinieri, will take the floor for a welcome address. Gianluca Felicetti and Carla Campanaro, respectively LAV President and Legal Office Manager, will moderate the conference. 

Speakers include Professors Diana Cerini (UniBicocca Milano), Francesca Rescigno (UniBologna), Maria Vittoria Ferroni (La Sapienza Roma), Luigi Lombardi Vallauri (formerly UniFirenze and Cattolica Milano), Alessandra Valastro (UniPerugia), Sanja Bogojevic (University of Oxford). 

On behalf of the political groups that supported the approval process of the new law, the first signatories of the bill and rapporteurs will take the floor: Loredana De Petris, Alessandra Maiorino, Valentina Corneli, Patrizia Prestipino, Michela Vittoria Brambilla, Doriana Sarli, Rossella Muroni and Gianluca Perilli.

The event takes place on Wednesday 9 March from 2 to 5PM CET and will be streamed on the Italian Senate YouTube channel and on LAV’s website.