The Chinese sparrows were shipped in for Giovanni, so that when he went home to his Fiammetta after a day blasting bugs, he would have something with feathers on to show her.
CHINA'S wildlife brigade has never hestitated to fill a gap in the market. So it should come as no surprise that a shipment of 1.9 million frozen Chinese sparrows landed in Europe last week. The cargo was confiscated at Rotterdam on its way to Italy where the shooting season is in full swing. Italian sportsmen will bang away at anything with wings, including butterflies, and have decimated the country's birdlife.