• Short Summary

    THE CATS OF ROME HAVE OVERTAKEN THE CITY'S ANCIENT MONUMENTS AS THE MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTION.

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  • Description

    THE CATS OF ROME HAVE OVERTAKEN THE CITY'S ANCIENT MONUMENTS AS THE MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTION.

    ROME HAS AN ESTIMATED 300-THOUSAND CATS, AND 200-THOUSAND OF THEM LIVE IN THE PRINCIPAL MONUMENTS, THE COLOSSEUM, THE FORUM, THE LARGO ARGENTINA, THE THEATRE OF MARCELLUS, THE PIAZZA VITTORIO EMMANUELE, AND THE PANTHEON.

    BUT, ALTHOUGH THE CATS ARE A REVENUE EARNER, ROME'S HEALTH AUTHORITIES ARE PERTURBED, BECAUSE INDIRECTLY THE ANIMALS ARE CREATING A HEALTH PROBLEM.

    THE THOUSANDS OF VISITORS WHO VISIT THE MONUMENTS AND FEED THE CATS LEAVE BEHIND PILES OF LITTER, INCLUDING FOOD AND PAPER.

    THE CAT COLONIES ARE ALSO GIVING ROME'S SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION ANIMALS CAUSE FOR CONCERN.

    MANY OF THE MONUMENTS ARE SERIOUSLY OVERCROWDED AND THE SOCIETY HAS NOW APPEALED TO ROMANS NOT TO LEAVE CATS INDISCRIMINATELY AT MONUMENTS, BUT TO GIVE THEM TO THE SOCIETY SO THAT A MORE EVEN DISTRIBUTION OF THE POPULATION CAN BE ARRANGED.

    THE CATS ARE VISITED FOUR TIMES A WEEK BY CITY AUTHORITIES AND THE PROTECTION SOCIETY AND FED CHOPPED MEAT, FISH AND MILK - ADDITIONAL TO THE FARE GIVEN BY TOURIST.

    THE PROFUSION OF CATS AND THE RESULTING PROBLEMS ARE CAUSED BY THE ROMANS' HABIT NOT TO CRUELLY ABANDON THEIR ANIMALS. CATS LEFT AT THE MONUMENTS HAVE NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO RETURN HOME.

    SOME PEOPLE PRAISE THEIR RAT-CATCHING ABILITIES, BUT CRITICS COUNTER THE ANIMALS ARE OVERFED AND DO LITTLE TO KEEP THE RAT POPULATION UNDER CONTROL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA20JWQVWA1UH8AX0U7IS3HAGS5
    Media URN:
    VLVA20JWQVWA1UH8AX0U7IS3HAGS5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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