It's been a bad week for animal rights activists. You know all about the Michael Vick case. Ever since "Amores Perros", I've been really down on dogfighting.
Here in parched Italy, we may have Vick beat in the cruelty category. A number of forest fires have erupted this summer, particularly in the south. The tinderbox conditions are not the principle reason for the blazes, it turns out. It's pyromania. In incredible testimony yesterday, Guido Bertolaso, Italy's head of civil protection (the equivalent of FEMA), said they have evidence that pyromaniacs are dousing cats in gasoline, setting them alight, and then tossing them into fields to ignite the blaze.