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France goes ape over club's 'zoo night' with caged tigers

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France goes ape over club's 'zoo night' with caged tigers
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09:33 CEST+02:00
A nightclub in northern France has come under fire after teaming up with a circus to promise a "zoo night" for party goers this Saturday featuring caged tigers and panthers.
Nightclub L'Alegra in the town of Chalons-en-Champagne in the département of Marne in northern France has promised "an extraordinary evening" together with the star cast of My Amazing Circus. 
 
Yes, for as little as €6, clubbers can share their nightclub experience with a tiger, panther, puma, monkey, snakes and "sexy gogo dancers", boasts the event's Facebook page.
 
But the club, which offers "ten different rooms with ten different moods" as well as wildlife, apparently, has come under fire for the event. 
 
 
Indeed, animal rights activists are fuming, and have urged supporters to contact the local mayor in an effort to get the event canned. 
 
"We're against this because it's nothing but a circus show in a nightclub," head of Les Félins group, Cyril Leduc, told Metronews
 
He added that endangered species such as tigers and pumas "have no place in a night club show".
 
Other animal groups have spoken out too, with Code Animal pointing out that there are rules specifically in place to prevent such shows.
 
"Any animal in a sentient state should be put in conditions that are compatible with the biological needs of their species," says article L214-1, reported the paper. 
 
A group against Saturday's show has meanwhile gained over 3,000 members on Facebook
 
"Respect the dignity of animals," the page reads. "No to wild animals in a nightclub."
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