In Belgium they still hold a cat festival, “Kattenstoet” that was first observed in the middle ages.
The parade commemorates an Ypres tradition from the Middle Ages in which cats were thrown from the belfry tower of the Cloth Hall to the town square below. That’s thrown alive from 50 foot towers.
One legend claims that the cats were thrown out of fears they were attached to witchcraft, while another suggests the cats were brought in to protect wool from rats and mice, and were simply disposed of in the spring when they were no longer needed by flinging them from great heights, and when the public began to gather for the spectacle, it became a festival that is still observed today, though only stuffed cat toys are used for “The.Throwing of the Cats.”
(Source: coolnessgraphed, via marypoppinslockanddropit)