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National Animal

Grey Wolf

“For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack”

Rudyard Kipling

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Dolphins, lobsters, octopus, cuttlefish, jellyfish, crabs, scallops, starfish.

Birds:

Woodpeckers, finches, partridges, eagles, owls, vultures, cuckoos.

Land mammals:

Marmots, shrews, voles, bats, lynxes, wolves, bears, chamois, ibex, deer, mouflon, porcupines.

Snakes and insects:

Dragonflies, butterflies, cicadas, hornets, wasps, vipers.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Stray dogs and cats are usually seen in smaller cities in Italy. Pet dogs are often left free to wander with neighborhood dogs. Horse-drawn carriages have been banned from the roads in most major cities, however they are still active around parks and off the roads.

In the
Countryside

Horseback riding can be commonly seen in more rural places around the country. Animal farms, with animals behind fences can be seen when driving through the countryside.

Hunting or poaching:

Animals commonly hunted are migratory birds, deer, alpine chamois, European mouflons and wild boars.

Animal fights:

Animal fights are illegal in Italy.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

LAV SPCA Italy OIPA - Italy ENPA

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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