Why do we need tradition and culture

Traditions in Europe: do we still need the old customs?

Foie Gras - traditional delicacy or cruelty to animals?



The French love their foie gras - an expensive delicacy. However, it is not the gourmets who pay the highest price, but the ducks. They are stuffed alive with grain for weeks before their liver ends up on the plate as a gourmet snack - swollen tenfold. It is no secret that the stuffing is done against the will of the animals and that they often die in the process.



Animal rights activists have been rioting against it for years, and the practice has already been banned in many countries. Many French people still do not want to give up the foie gras - their enjoyment is too much part of the Christmas tradition. Here, too, the question arises: does tradition also justify cruelty to animals?

Yourope was in Paris and visited foodies, animal rights activists and duck breeders.


Spain - the burning bull


A bull with flaming horns suddenly appears in the dark alleys of a small Spanish town. What sounds like horror tales is a sad reality. In the Medinaceli, a bull is traditionally groomed, lit and then chased through an arena every year. The bull survives this ritual, but remains burned and disturbed. Nobody knows exactly where the tradition comes from. But that doesn't bother anyone either, the residents love the spectacle.


Animal rights activists from the region have been rioting for years - with daring demonstrations they are trying to prevent the cruel hunt.

What happens if you question such a "tradition"? Yourope traveled to Spain and stood in the ring.


The report from Spain: