Bull baiting

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

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They will know of the saloon only in the pages of history, and they will think of the saloon as a quaint old custom similar to bull-baiting and the burning of witches.
Which I meantersay," cried Joe, "that if you come into my place bull-baiting and badgering me, come out
But on that which was to follow, feats of archery, of bull-baiting, and other popular amusements, were to be practised, for the more immediate amusement of the populace.
The first of these to be curtailed were bull-baiting and "throwing at cocks.
Of a passionate disposition, he was involved in several duels, was denounced by the military for shooting dead tradesmen in Dublin for bull-baiting, and, as a young man, was liable to getting into 'scrapes with married women'.
Birmingham's street market on that site actually dates back to the Middle Ages and it was a green that was used for bull-baiting that gave the area its name.
A street market had started on the site back in the Middle Ages and a green that was used for bull-baiting gave the area its name.
Parliament enacted laws abolishing lower-class blood sports, such as cock-fighting and bull-baiting, a century and a half before hunting foxes with hounds was finally prohibited by act of Parliament in 2004.
We're kinder to animals (gambling on dogfights, cockfights and bull-baiting used to be hugely popular); kinder to people of different races and ethnicities; generally opposed to slavery; and, by and large, we don't let people beat their wives or children, which is a comparatively new standard.
But if this were true then dog-fighting, cock-fighting and bull-baiting would all still be legal.
Rummaging through centuries of history much like one might sort through an old attic, the author tosses up tidbits like the history of bull-baiting in Cork, the Muskerry tram crash, the "battle of the starlings" in 1621, the sensational trial of poisoner Dr.
So was badger and bull-baiting, cock fighting and otter hunting, which, incredibly, continued until the 1970s.