Black cats get an undeserved bad reputation simply because of their color. Many people view black cats as evil or bad luck, especially in Italy. Some men in Italy have been known to make the sign of the cross with one hand and cover private body parts with the other to ward off the evil curse of a passing black cat. (In the US, both black cats and dogs have a harder time getting adopted just because of the color of their fur.)
In Italy, they are trying to change this superstitious view of black cats and want to put a stop to an estimated 60,000 black cat killings in Italy per year. The country is holding its first national Black Cat Day today in cities across the nation including Milan and Rome.
The Italian Association in Defense of Animals and the Environment (AIDAA) is organizing the celebration to stop prejudice against black cats. Events will include artwork celebrating black cats, picnics, and awards for people who have protected black cats.
“Our primary objective is to markedly reduce the number of animals that are kidnapped or abandoned. However, our aim is also to create a day to fight superstitions and help relaunch the image of the beautiful black cats,” said Lorenzo Croce, head of AIDAA.
AIDAA estimates that annually 60,000 black cats in Italy are kidnapped, abandoned, killed “in esoteric or satanic rituals.”
Source: Spiegel Online