Canaries, parakeets and zebra finches will now not chirp from small cages within the shadow of Notre Dame cathedral, after Paris voted to shut its Nineteenth-century hen 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 kids for many years, however an animal rights group`s marketing campaign towards it and plans to renovate the positioning led to a metropolis council resolution to shut it.
“The market had develop into the epicenter of hen trafficking within the Paris area, together with of endangered birds,” Paris deputy mayor Christophe Najdovksi instructed Reuters.
“A second cause for closing it’s that the situations wherein the birds are offered are now not acceptable,” he stated.
Courting from 1808, the hen 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, hen lovers can nonetheless purchase a parakeet for 10 euros ($12) or canaries and different songbirds for 25 euros.
The town stated 13 individuals 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’ll assist the hen sellers transition in the direction of a brand new enterprise mannequin,” Najdowski stated.
Albert Badalamenti, who has been promoting birds in the marketplace for 38 years, acknowledged that some sellers weren’t respecting the foundations however stated it was as much as police to implement these.
“They stated they’d 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 out of doors aviaries holding lots of of birds at his breeding station north of Paris.
Animal rights activist Amandine Sanvisens of Paris Animaux Zoopolis stated the hen market closure is lengthy over due.
“Animals should not merchandise. They shouldn’t be bought like footwear or purses.”