Not So Charming

Friday, February 8th, 2008

The animal-rights activists are up in arms again. As the French-language Belgian newspaper Le Soir reports, this time the targets of their ire are the the snake-men of Marrakesh, of that city’s Jemaa el-Fna [sic] Square. More specifically, it’s the Montpellier, France-based GEOS (Groupe d’Etudes et d’Observation pour la Sauvegarde des animaux savages) that is raising a ruckus, not against any sort of bio-engineered hybrid snake/men, but rather against those Moroccan snake-charmers. They are accused of mishandling their reptiles; the international appeal from the GEOS reads “Tourists, turn away from the unworthy spectacle of these mistreated animals, or even better go to express your indignation to the police-office near Jama el-Fina Square!” And hey, as of this morning (Friday, 8 Feb.) their petition already numbers more than 200 signatures!

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