Kitten saved from wall of Avignon court

Lawyers in the Court of Justice of Avignon spent their afternoon saving a kitten trapped in the wall on Monday.

Kitten saved from wall of Avignon court
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The terrified feline was discovered during a break in court proceedings when two lawyers, the court secretary and the secretary’s daughter heard meowing coming from the walls.

Convinced there was a kitten trapped between the stone facade and concrete wall behind, they called the fire service to see if they could rescue it.

But the firemen claimed the kitten was impossible to reach without knocking out a stone in the wall – for which they would need the agreement of the building’s architect.

Several phone calls later, the architect faxed over permission to remove the stone.

The kitten was pulled from the gap safe and sound, if not a little hungry.  One of the lawyers, Perrine Corru, adopted the kitten.

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Paris authorities to shut down bird market over cruelty concerns

The Paris city council on Wednesday agreed to shut down a live bird market operating in the historic centre close to Notre Dame cathedral, responding to rights activists who called it a cruel and archaic operation.

Paris authorities to shut down bird market over cruelty concerns
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The bird market on Louis Lepine square in the centre of the French capital has long been a fixture in Paris, operating close to the famous flower market.

But Christophe Najdovski, Paris' deputy mayor in charge of animal welfare, said that the market was a centre for bird trafficking in France while conditions for the birds were not acceptable.

“This is why we are committed to changing the regulations to ban the sale of birds and other animals,” he said.

The closure had been urged by activists from the Paris Animals Zoopolis collective who had called the practice of showing the caged birds “cruel and archaic”.

France and Paris have in the last months adopted a series of measures aiming to show they are at the forefront of efforts to protect animal welfare.

The government said in September it planned to “gradually” ban mink farms as well the use of wild animals in travelling circuses and dolphins and orcas in theme parks.

Parc Asterix, which normally has some two million visitors a year, announced last month it would close its dolphin and sea lion aquarium.