Rome city council Monday night passed an animal rights bill banning choke collars, the cutting of a cat's nails or the bobbing of a dog's tail to make a pet prettier. The measures also include a ban on separating kittens and puppies from their mothers before two months of age.
The protection package is so detailed it even forbids the use of classic, round fish bowls, Rome daily Il Messaggero noted Tuesday.
Young puppies and kittens can only be taken from their mothers early in life if a veterinarian certifies there is grave reason. It is forbidden to leave animals in closed vehicles in the sun in the warm months from April through October.
"The civility of a city is also measured by this," Il Messaggero quoted bill sponsor Monico Cirinna, a city councilwoman, as saying.
Among the measures is one specifying that "wild or exotic" animals cannot be chained, AP reports.