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Crazy Goose Pulling Fest in the Netherlands

12 February 2013 / All photos: © ANP /

In Grevenbicht in the Netherlands and in parts of Belgium and Germany, is 'goose pulling' part of the traditional Shrove Tuesday celebrations. It is referred to as 'Ganstrekken' in the Netherlands, 'Gansrijden' in Belgium and 'Gänsereiten' in Germany. In 2008 the Dutch Party for Animals (PvdD) proposed that it should be banned; the organisers, Folk Verein Gawstrèkkers Beeg, rejected the proposal, pointing out that there was no question of cruelty to animals because the geese were already dead.

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