Bull baiting

Related to Bull baiting: Bear baiting
the practice of baiting bulls, or rendering them furious, as by setting dogs to attack them.

See also: Bull

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"But Davis got wind of this and, instead of putting in an appearance, took his dog to a bull baiting engagement which had been arranged at what was known as the five-mile stump on the West Bromwich road.
Bulldogs were extremely popular until the 19th century, which was the peak of bull baiting, a practice of setting dogs to harass a bull which was a popular entertainment in medieval Europe.
Bull baiting was a national sport, until it was banned in 1835, and popular at Honley Feast, where it was staged in a natural hollow at Thirstin.
It's why badger baiting and bull baiting were made illegal, and the pursuit and killing of otters, by the same throwbacks who hunt foxes, was banned as late as the 1970s.
This short account of eighteenth-century bull baiting in Dublin provides not only a short excursion into street language (translation provided) but also a fascinating portrayal of the relationship between humans and the animals they exploit for sport.
In the era of the first legislation that saw the demise of bull baiting and cockfighting, for example, fox hunting's privileged status is given by May as the result of class distinction.
Pit bulls were descended from the old English "bulldogge," used in the sport of bull baiting, where spectators watched dogs tear apart a bull.
Staffordshire bull terriers are the modern descendants of the old bull and terriers breed, used in bear and bull baiting until the mid–1800s.
Opposition to football led to the Alnwick Improvement Act of 1822, which banned street games including football, bull baiting, "cock throwing" and bonfires.
To hunt, to guard, to chase vermin, to be a companion and even to fight other animals - bulldogs were used for bull baiting until the pastime was outlawed in England in 1835.
I, perhaps naively, thought that bull baiting and bull fighting no longer went on.