Paris to close its historical bird market

Paris is closing down its historical bird market

Location: Paris, France

Dating from 1808, the market has attracted Parisians and tourists for decades

The city council has voted to close the historical market

following a campaign from an animal rights group

(SOUNDBITE) (French) CO-FOUNDER OF PARIS ANIMAUX ZOOPOLIS (PAZ), AMANDINE SANVISENS SAYING:

"It's not at all about eliminating this architecture, this heritage, which will actually be renovated. The idea is to change, to help the evolution of the businesses that take place here, meaning the sale of live animals. And the Paris city council has voted for this, so for us, it's a very significant progress because it also means that we can urge for traditions to evolve when they're unjust."

Video Transcript

[CHIRPING]

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

AMANDINE SANVISENS: [SPEAKING IN FRENCH]

TRANSLATOR: It's not at all about eliminating this architecture, this heritage, which will actually be renovated. The idea is to change to help the evolution of the businesses that take place here, meaning the sale of live animals. And the Paris city council has voted for this. So for us, it's a very significant progress because it also means that we can urge for traditions to evolve when they are unjust.