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Petition: Demand Italy drop charges against soldier who saved a dying cat!

Author: Moses Boone
Target: Italian Military Tribunal
Sponsors: Moses Boone
Signatures: 577
Category: Humanitarian Causes
End date: 2018-11-28
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Description: It is quite disturbing that a soldier, Lieutenant Barbara Balanzoni, would be sent to military court in Italy because he was trying to the save the life of a dying cat. Lieutenant Balanzoni has been returned to her civilian life and career as an anesthetist in Tuscany, facing charges of insubordination for saving the life of an animal. Her position in the army was medical officer at Nato in Kosovo. Lt. Balanzoni received an alert from military personnel due to outbursts of cat noises at the infirmary. She noticed a cat, later named Agata, a stray around the area, seemed to be in deep pain. The cat was delivering some kittens and, exhausted, could not deliver the last, which turned out to be stillborn. Without help, this cat, the mom, would have certainly died. With the demise of the cat, not only would the entire area be subjected to total disinfecting, the surviving kittens would be orphans without food; no way to be fed. They too would have passed on if their mother was not saved. In essence, Lt. Balanzoni saved more than one life when attending to the needs of Agata. The veterinary office was in Italy at the time and Balanzoni states “far from disobeying orders, I was following military regulations, which state that, in the absence of a vet, the medical officer should intervene.” So what did the officer do wrong if she was following regulations? Charges against Lieutenant Balanzoni states that she disobeyed her commanding officer when told n one would be "bringing in or having brought in wild, stray or unaccompanied animals.” She faces a year in the military penitentiary. Lt. Balanzoni is due to go to trial in Rome in about a month and we all need to help her by protesting this unjust act and accusations against her. Italy’s oldest animal defense association, Ente Nazionale Protezione Animali is involved in the case and should stand behind the decision of this dedicated soldier who was doing what was in her heart and mind; saving a life. Please sign and share this petition worldwide to take a stand for the dedicated soldier who had compassion to save the life of a dying cat and her kittens!!


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We signed: Demand Italy drop charges against soldier who saved a dying cat!
Mr Bassam Imam 2017-10-13 15:25:19 #577
Mrs Rosemarie Flint 2017-06-18 16:40:08 #576
Ms Rob Windsor 2017-06-06 13:43:27 #575
Ms arev galstyan 2017-06-05 23:15:05 #574
Ms Nancy Shourek 2017-06-05 06:13:53 #573
Ms Susannah Gelbart 2017-06-03 10:00:00 #572
Mr Yasutaka Imai 2017-06-02 23:03:08 #571
Ms Deborah Bortot 2017-05-26 15:09:34 #570
Mr Robert Becker 2017-05-24 12:00:46 #569
Ms GERARD FABIANO 2017-01-14 22:24:48 #568
Miss Sylviane GRESSLER 2016-05-12 05:22:30 #567
Miss cindy mayer 2016-02-10 14:02:36 #566
Mr Terry Korman 2016-02-10 13:36:30 #565
Mrs Renate Pealer 2016-02-07 10:58:18 #564
Ms Janice Giampaoli 2016-02-05 15:40:15 #563
Mrs pillon myriam 2016-02-04 16:10:48 #562
Ms Jessica Pynn 2016-02-02 18:43:32 #561
Mrs Marie-José CHOBERT 2016-02-02 03:59:03 #560
Ms Martine Cuisenaire 2016-01-08 04:57:28 #559
Mrs Caroline Sévilla 2015-12-27 14:57:44 #558