Paris To Close Its Historic Bird Market After 213 Years
After over 213 years of operation, Paris’ historic live bird market is closing. Held every Sunday since 1808, the market has been a place to see and purchase exotic species such as canaries, parakeets, and zebra finches. Located on the Ile de la Cite, the market has drawn both locals and tourists over the centuries. The Paris city council agreed on the closure due to concerns about bird trafficking, which was brought up by an animal activist group.