the poultry market on the Ile de la Cité is expected to close on December 31, 2022

This bird market, held every Sunday on the Ile de la Cité, is in its last days. The Council of Paris should soon validate its closure for December 31, 2022.

The bird market on the Ile de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris should end on December 31, 2022, sounding the death knell for a problematic activity in terms of animal welfare. This is the last place of sale of its kind in the public domain.

Sentenced to a life in a cage

This market, which takes place every Sunday under the pavilions of the Queen Elizabeth II flower market, was attacked on February 3, 2021 by the Council of Paris, which later validated the ban on the sale of live birds and other animals. . The very beginning of the closure of this market had been recorded. Now a new stage is developing. “This closure will be put to a vote in the Paris Council in November 2022, to be effective on December 31, 2022.“, explains the Paris City Hall in published on September 26, 2022.

Justifies the decision of the City Council by the conditions of detention of animals. The city council remembers that they were “often crammed in large numbers into cages that are too small, with little regard for their welfare and needs, raised in conditions that make them totally dependent on humans and condemned to a life in a cage“. Practices that are difficult to carry out today when .

Traffic and street vendors

This trade posed a second problem: the concealment of bird traffic in Ile-de-France, “in particular goldfinches, greenfinches and finches, endangered species whose bird market had become the epicenter“, according to the city council. Nine years ago, an investigation by the National Office for Hunting and Wildlife (now included in the French Office for Biodiversity) led to the arrest of seven people in the market and the seizure of 46 goldfinches.

and this closing “It also aims to scare away street vendors, presenting themselves as ‘breeders-producers’, not subject to registration in the commercial registry, who persist in settling on the site while a […]

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