After living here for a few years you get used to the fact that unless you want everyone hating you,thinking your very strange,or even worse getting attacked you have to be able to shut your eyes to some of the worst of human towards animal behavior... I would say also that some things are improving, look at Green Hill being closed.
However its still pretty reasonable to say that should you be someone that has any feelings regarding animal care be it wild animals or domestic pets Italy will sorely try your spirits..
Am prompted to write this due to an article that i have just read about a fire in the Assergi area near L'Aquila, animals were dowsed in petrol and then set on fire to start a forest fire..
" Da quanto si è appreso, il criminale ha utilizzato un metodo crudele per appiccare il fuoco: ha imbevuto di benzina un malcapitato animale, un gatto o più probabilmente un coniglio, gli ha dato fuoco vivo e lo ha lanciato nella boscaglia, lì dove le fiamme si sarebbero propagate"