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Reports in the Italian media say that a restaurant in Vicenza, a city in the northeastern part of the country, has been fined the equivalent of $855 for displaying live lobster on ice. The charge was cruelty to animals, since the display doomed the lobster to a long, slow, cold death by suffocation.

According to reports, this hardball approach to animal cruelty is common in Italy. A new law in Turin requires dog owners to walk their pets at least three times a day, and in Rome there is an ordinance that bans goldfish bowls.
KC's View:
We suppose stretched out on ice is a tough way to go.

As opposed to, say, being plunged into a large pot of boiling water.