Federico Pedini Amati, Minister of Tourism and Posts of San Marino, said that you can’t kill an animal and then just get off with a fine. The Trek-Segafredo team will donate 20 days’ salary of cyclist Antonio Tiberi to the Animal Welfare Fund.
Professional cyclist Antonio Tiberi was fined and removed from his team for shooting the San Marino minister’s cat. It is reported by the BBC.
According to the 21-year-old athlete, while testing an air rifle, he aimed at the cat’s head and pulled the trigger.
Subsequently, it turned out that the unfortunate representative of the cat family belonged to the neighbor of the cyclist – the head of the Ministry of Tourism and Posts of San Marino, Federico Pedini Amati.
The court fined the athlete 4,000 euros, and the Trek-Segafredo team, which he represents, suspended him for 20 days.
“The cat didn’t bother anyone,” the minister said in an interview with Corriere della Sera.
“He has been with us for a long time. My three-year-old daughter Lucia loved him,” the minister said.
He considers the punishment too lenient, according to him, you can not kill the animal, and then just get off with a fine of four thousand euros.
Representatives of the Trek-Segafredo team called the actions of their rider “deserving of condemnation”, now Tiberi’s salary during the time when he is out of the team will go to the animal welfare fund.
Trek-Segafredo management “expects the athlete to take the necessary steps, express regrets and improve.”
In 2019, Tiberi became world champion in the youth individual time trial, and has recently moved to San Marino.
The cyclist posted an apology on Instagram. The black square was accompanied by a signature that he deeply regretted his shameful actions.
“Shooting a cat was something terribly stupid and irresponsible, I realized the seriousness and danger of this later,” the athlete wrote.
The cyclist apologizes for killing the cat
“I’m glad that the guy acknowledged the fact of what happened. Otherwise, we should not grant residence to such people,” said Pedini Amati, the former head of state of San Marino.
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