Canaries, parakeets and zebra finches will not chirp from small cages within the shadow of Notre Dame cathedral, after Paris voted to shut its Nineteenth-century fowl market, deeming it inappropriate for this point in time.
Held on Sundays, the market on the Ile de la Cite island within the Seine river has been a magnet for vacationers and Parisians with youngsters for many years, however an animal rights group’s marketing campaign in opposition to it and plans to renovate the location led to a metropolis council resolution to shut it.
“The market had develop into the epicentre of fowl trafficking within the Paris area, together with of endangered birds,” Paris deputy mayor Christophe Najdovksi informed Reuters.
“A second motive for closing it’s that the situations by which the birds are offered are not acceptable,” he stated.
Relationship from 1808, the fowl market is anticipated to shut when the town completes renovation of the flower market corridor, with historic cast-iron awnings, on the identical spot in 2023-25.
Till then, fowl lovers can nonetheless purchase a parakeet for 10 euros ($12) or canaries and different songbirds for 25 euros.
Town stated 13 folks have a licence to promote birds on the market however solely seven use it and most of them additionally promote different issues like pet provides.
“In coming months, we are going to assist the fowl sellers transition in direction of a brand new enterprise mannequin,” Najdowski stated.
Albert Badalamenti, who has been promoting birds available on the market for 38 years, acknowledged that some sellers weren’t respecting the principles however stated it was as much as police to implement these.
“They stated they might recycle us, discover us one other job. What I concern is chapter. What are we going to do with all this inventory?” he stated, pointing at outside aviaries holding tons of of birds at his breeding station north of Paris.
Animal rights activist Amandine Sanvisens of Paris Animaux Zoopolis stated the fowl market closure is lengthy over due.
“Animals aren’t merchandise. They shouldn’t be bought like sneakers or purses.”