Enfin! The Curtain Comes Down on Animals at the Moulin Rouge!

Enfin! The Curtain Comes Down on Animals at the Moulin Rouge!

Illustrious Parisian cabaret hall confirms it has banned all animal acts from its shows

London – Animal exploitation has no place in 2023 – least of all on stage. After announcing it was ending its python act, the Moulin Rouge has now informed PETA that its shows will no longer feature any animals, wild or domestic. In a reply to a letter sent by the group, the chair of the executive board said that the attraction would no longer put on “our show named ‘the little horses’, meaning that our venue will have put an end to a long animal tradition that has existed since the creation of the Moulin Rouge in 1889”.

“This news has been a long time coming! For over a decade, PETA entities have been calling on the Moulin Rouge to stop treating animals as living props for human amusement,” says Mimi Bekhechi, vice president of PETA for Europe and the UK. “We celebrate the Moulin Rouge’s decision to get with the times and encourage other venues still exploiting animals in dated shows to follow suit.”

As PETA France pointed out in one of its letters, “The dancers at the Moulin Rouge have long been recognised for providing quality entertainment, which attracts spectators from all over the world. The use and abuse of animals in the name of entertainment is no longer acceptable to compassionate viewers.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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