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Bear taken to disco in Brittany and internet gets very angry

The appearance of a bear in chains in a nightclub in Brittany, western France has sparked a grizzly reaction online.

Bear taken to disco in Brittany and internet gets very angry
Photo: Screengrab/Facebook

The bear was at the Scala nightclub in the town of Guipry-Messac, between Redon and Rennes on Saturday as part of a circus night.

But Facebook and the Twittersphere were left shocked.

“Scandalous”, “pitiful”, “shameful” were just some of the adjectives used to describe the photos that were shared of the bear in the club.

Many blasted the nightclub for organising the event and alerted animal rights charities.

Below the pictures on Facebook a comment read: “Shameful. We need to boycott this nightclub. Animals are not toys.”

Another read: “Welcome to the middle ages”.

And another: “Wild animals have got no place in a f**king nightclub.” 

There were hundreds of other similarly invective comments directed towards the nightclub owners.

A petition to end the practice quickly garnered over 2,000 signatures.

The Scala nightclub has not responded to the outrage.

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TOURISM

France’s Asterix park to shut down dolphin show

A major amusement park in northern France said on Monday it would close its dolphin and sea lion aquarium, the day before lawmakers start to debate new animal welfare rules.

France's Asterix park to shut down dolphin show
France has long discussed imposing stricter rules on using wild animals in amusement parks. Illustration photo: AFP

The dolphin shows are a popular attraction at Parc Asterix, which normally has some two million visitors a year, but have long been a target of animal rights activists.

“We've been thinking about this for several years,” the park's managing director Nicolas Kremer told Le Parisien newspaper, saying the site wanted to focus instead on rides and other shows.

He said the dolphins would be transferred to other aquariums in Europe in the next two months, adding: “Reintroduction in a natural environment is not possible for these animals raised in captivity.”

A ban on captive breeding of dolphins and other marine mammals as well as their use in shows is a key part of the draft law, with the debate due to begin on Tuesday.

A previous effort to outlaw the practices by decree in 2017 was thrown out by the Council of State, France's highest administrative court, but animal rights group have kept up pressure for the ban.

“These associations think that captivity is abuse, but I can tell you that we have always ensured the wellbeing of our animals,” Kremer said.

The park, based on the beloved Asterix the Gaul comics, is hoping to reopen for the busy summer season on April 3rd if coronavirus restrictions are lifted by then.

READ ALSO: Disneyland Paris to begin 'phased reopening' in July

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