Italian women receives death threats after giving thanks for research
Fri, 10 January 2014
Category: Criminal incidents
Caterina Simonsen suffers from four rare genetic diseases and requires medical support in order to breathe. On 21st December 2013 she posted a picture on her facebook page saying: "I am 25 thanks to genuine research that includes experiments on animals. Without research, I would have been dead at nine." She has since received death threats.
Caterina Simonsen (pictured) posted a picture on facebook saying: "I am 25 thanks to genuine research that includes experiments on animals. Without research, I would have been dead at nine."
Response from animal rights groups was swift. Caterina has received over 500 abusive messages including more than 30 death threats. She has forwarded the details to the Italian authorities.
Reassuringly, many took to social media to offer their support, including Matteo Renzei, leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (Partito Democratico). As a potential future Italian leader his support may be crucial in both changing the hostile legislative environment, and pushing back the tide of extremism.
More at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25540770