Ms Martini added that it was 'shameful' for a state television employee to recommend a notion as 'despicable' as eating cats on national TV and that killing and cooking cats was illegal under a 1991 law and punishable by up to 18 months in jail.Station deputy director Gianvito Lomaglio said he was suspending Mr Bigazzi until further notice and that he had also launched an investigation into the episode.“I portray the idea that Berlusconi’s own personality is mirrored on his channels.I’m not saying he is singly responsible for the culture of Italian TV...In the 30s and 40s they were very popular.' According to a recent report, there are an estimated 44million pets living in Italy - 7.5million of them cats.Despite their popularity, however, around 150,000 animals are abandoned each year by their owners and there are at least 73,000 annual reports of mistreatment or abuse.Silvio Berlusconi is accustomed to allegations about his predilections being excitedly received abroad.
The row comes in advance of tomorrow's World Cat Day.
In Italy, what does not exist on TV does not exist.” “I was scared by the ban, and by RAI’s Orwellian-style letter, but the day after, there was a huge explosion of interest on the internet.
The print numbers have doubled and people were spreading the trailer through Facebook.” Gandini, who made the documentary Gitmo – The New Rules of War, about Guantanamo Bay, interviewed staff who worked on Berlusconi’s channels and filmed near his Sardinia summer resort.
Italian TV is very superficial and very male chauvinistic.
It’s based on the idea of total hedonism,” he said.
The Venetian journalist, now based in Rome, often presents the 1.30pm slots.