Plucking living geese is cruelty to animals and is banned in the European Union. But not all geese farmers abide by the rules.Despite the regulations imposed on European farmers, geese are often subjected to the cruel practice of being plucked alive. Their bodies are left with bloody wounds, which have to be stitched up. They flee to the corners of their huts in panic, trampling one another and frequently breaking each other’s wings in the process. The Four Paws animal protection association is trying to convince geese farmers to stop their cruelty. Their efforts have brought many animal rights activists into dangerous situations.