Moulin Rouge Ends Use of Snakes in its Performances

The Moulin Rouge Cabaret Club has made the decision to drop an act in its performance involving the submersion of terrestrial snakes into a water tank. Animal advocates say they witnessed the serpents struggling to keep their heads above the water, and that they were taped to prevent them from biting and defecating in the tank. Paris city officials warned that submerging these snakes under water was cruel, as they live on land. Last year, the Moulin Rouge told Paris newspaper Le Parisien that they have “never mistreated and will never mistreat animals.”