The northern Italian region of Monza, home to Italy's Formula 1 Grand Prix, has announced that citizens of Monza are no longer allowed to keep their goldfish in goldfish bowls. The new regulation was brought about by the town council.
One council official, Giampietro Mosca, told the AFP that "A fish kept in a bowl has a distorted view of reality...and suffers because of this. Also, this type of receptacle generally doesn't have a filter and doesn't allow for good oxygenation..."
The new law also bans small pets being given away as prizes in competitions and the sale of coloured chicks at carnivals and fairs. Monza said "... we don't want to see animals treated like objects any longer."