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The Moulin Rouge will no longer bring any animal on stage.
SHOW – Animals at the Moulin Rouge? It’s over for good. As assured by HuffPost the direction of the illustrious Parisian cabaret hall, it undertakes this Friday, May 5 to no longer bring on stage any animal – exotic, wild or domestic – as part of its numbers.
” This final shutdown will take effect very soon and from the first months of 2024. “, specifies to the HuffPost Jean-Luc Pehau-Sorensen, director of communication and marketing of the establishment founded in 1889.
This decision comes as last March, the Moulin Rouge announced that it was abandoning its use of snakes, one of its acts notably involving two protected species of pythons from Southeast Asia. These were the ” last animals still integrated into the scenography », certifies Jean-Luc Pehau-Sorensen.
This one also assures us that the ponies, formerly involved in a painting titled The little horseshave not been part of the show since September 2021. They are not intended to return.
Cabarets, an exception to the law on animal welfare
The vice-president of PETA in Europe welcomes the initiative in a press release sent to the HuffPost. ” For more than a decade, PETA and our international entities have been calling on the Moulin Rouge to stop exploiting animals, through numerous letters and testimonials from spectators displeased and shocked to see sentient beings used as if they weren’t. were just vulgar show props,” comments Mimi Bekhechi.
The latter, who says to celebrate ” the end of scenes with animals at the Moulin Rouge », calls « all cabaret halls to make this decision in keeping with the times”.
In France, the law aimed at combating animal abuse adopted in November 2021 gradually prohibits the presence of wild animals on television (excluding zoos and farms), as well as in private parties, discos and traveling circuses, but not the cabarets.
And while the town hall of Paris, which adopted in July 2021 a “ animal welfare charter »has banned these same wild animals in shows produced in its premises, this is not the case for private establishments.
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