Paris: permanent closure of the “Bird Market” at the end of the year

By Caroline J., Rizhlaine F. Posted Sep 26, 2022 9:45 AM

It’s the end of a long battle for animal welfare advocates. The City of Paris announces the permanent closure of the “Bird Market” located on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of the capital, from December 31, 2022.

Open, open the birdcage as Pierre Perret would sing. The appeal was heard in Paris. The ” Bird Market » located next to the Flower marketon the famous City Island, Place Louis Lepine, will soon be a thing of the past. Considered to be a vestige of another time by animal and animal welfare advocates, this market – often subject to controversy – saw its fate sealed on February 3, 2021. At the time, the Council of Paris had indeed acted in favor of its closure.

”The epicenter of bird trafficking in Île-de-France”here’s how Christopher NajdovskiDeputy Mayor of Paris, described what had become of the ” Bird Market over the past few years before indicating that “despite a number of actions taken, this trafficking continues today”. The decision was therefore taken in July 2021, when the City of Paris adopted a charter for animal welfare on its territory. Purpose of this text? Stop all sale of live animals on the public domain.

In a press release published on September 26, 2022, the City of Paris confirm the permanent closure of this ” bird market “. The municipality specifies that this ” last place of sale of this type on the public domain » will close its doors from December 31, 2022. The City of Paris adds that this ” wish adopted by the Council of Paris on February 3, 2021 must still be voted on at the Paris Council in November 2022.

Also, the last ten traders still present on this site have been informed of this decision. The City of Paris has made a support proposal to them, while the majority of them have already started to diversify their activity.

As a reminder, the Flower market is getting ready for a renovation project to get a makeover.

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