Ital­ians get sick pay for look­ing after their pets

The Daily Telegraph - - World news -

A WOMAN has been al­lowed to claim sick pay after tak­ing time off work to care for her un­well dog.

The animal is now recog­nised as part of the fam­ily in a land­mark de­ci­sion by a judge in the Ital­ian courts.

The Rome aca­demic won her case with the sup­port of an animal rights or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Ital­ian Anti-vivi­sec­tion League.

A judge de­creed that her univer­sity should count her two days off as part of her al­lowance for ab­sences re­lated to “se­ri­ous or fam­ily per­sonal rea­sons”.

The un­named aca­demic, from La Sapienza Univer­sity, won the case partly be­cause of Italy’s animal rights laws, un­der which peo­ple who aban­don an animal to “grave suf­fer­ing” can be jailed for a year and fined up to €10,000 (£9,000).

Gian­luca Felicetti, the pres­i­dent of the Ital­ian An­ti­vivi­sec­tion League, said the rul­ing paved the way for pets to be recog­nised as “mem­bers of the fam­ily”.

“It is a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward that recog­nises that an­i­mals that are not kept for fi­nan­cial gain or for their work­ing abil­ity are ef­fec­tively mem­bers of the fam­ily,” he said.

“Now, with the nec­es­sary vet­eri­nary cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, those in the same sit­u­a­tion will be able to cite this im­por­tant prece­dent.”

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