On 21st December 2023, the Regional Administrative Court of Piedmont annulled the order for the euthanasia of Tina, the Vietnamese pig crossbred with a wild boar living in Gabriele Zanalda’s family in Castelletto Sopra Ticino, Novara, Italy. To prevent the spread of African Swine Fever, veterinary services of the local health authorities in Novara ordered the killing of Tina after inspecting her on 23rd January 2023, but now the judges have stopped this order.

The judges also ordered the authorities of Novara to pay the legal costs and to refund the unified contribution that Rifugio Miletta had incurred to appeal to a judge to protect Tina’s life.

Angelita Caruocciolo, a Lawyer representing Tina, said, “The euthanasia order from the ASL (Local Health Authority) of Novara was abnormal, unfounded, and not even supported by the norms and regulations they had cited. The court also found the posthumous report that the ASL of Novara presented attempting to justify their previous actions to be baseless.” 

Alessandra Motta, president of Rifugio Miletta, said, “This is the second judgment, following that of the TAR of Lazio in the case of ‘La Sfattoria degli Ultimi’ on 10/10/2022, that disarms a public health service which, with unacceptable cruelty, wanted to kill Tina. It’s a memorable victory, another extremely important brick in the construction of a world where the right to life and freedom belongs to every sentient being.”

Francesco Castaldo, vice president of Rifugio Miletta, said, “We are very satisfied and hope to open a front to ensure that health administrations revise the application of regulations regarding ASF and the management of pigs living in shelters and with private citizens. Heartfelt thanks to lawyer Angelita Caruocciolo for her passion, commitment, and time dedicated to Tina. Thanks to all the associations that have given visibility to Tina, to the nearly 160,000 people who signed the petition asking to let her live, and to everyone who has been virtually close to her throughout this period.” 

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.