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black cat day aims to halt killings

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Saturday is "black cat day", in Italy, an initiative by an animal rights group to try to stop the killing of thousands of the cats by superstitious(迷信的)citizens convinced they bring bad luck.

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The Italian Association for the Defence of Animals and the Environment (AIDAA) estimates 60,000 were killed last year, to ward off(避开)bad luck but also for use in satanic(邪恶的)rites(仪式)and in cosmetics(化妆品的)laboratories where black fur gives the best results.

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"We want to halt this massacre(大屠杀), educate people and restore dignity to black cats," said AIDAA President Lorenzo Croce.商务英语词汇9BSm](@ I'M

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The group has set up 200 information points in towns and cities around Italy, where passers-by will be given literature on black cats, asked to sign a petition and urged to adopt one of the 5,000 in cat refuges.商务英语词汇2G9{*\^cPk/E;E

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AIDAA has also sent a letter to Pope Benedict, a well known cat lover. "It would be great if he would speak out in recognition of our initiative and say the prejudice against black cats is a lot of nonsense," Croce said.

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