Il Duce, Protector of Animals and Steward of Nature
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY was first advanced in fascist nations. Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany were far ahead of the nations of their day. In the cartoon image below, from Punch in 1939, Mussolini’s 1932 declaration of the Italian island of Capri as a sanctuary for birds is depicted. Mussolini is shown as steward of nature and protector of the birds of Italy, giving them a safe and secure domain, away from poaching hands; one grateful bird looks up at him. Beneath the image are a handful of newspaper articles on the event.
In early the next year, this article, from the same paper, notes American admiration for the Duce’s policy and speculates about whether the US might do the same for song birds.
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Source: Ur-Fascist Analytics
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