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bear-baiting

(formerly) an entertainment in which dogs attacked and enraged a chained bear
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Bear baiting is a shameful act where a bear's claws and canine teeth are pulled out with crude pliers without anesthesia that often leads to severe infection caused by bleeding.
We have criminalised bull, badger and bear baiting, cock fighting and other ghastly inhumane pastimes, and now it's time fox hunting is outlawed.
Defeated ban on bear baiting on federal lands, 2003.
Just how a conservative Republican from a largely suburban district became a target of the nation's most powerful gun lobby while aligning himself with vocal animal-rights groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on an issue that doesn't even affect his home state - California prohibits bear baiting - is its own political tale.
Another theory relates to the popularity of bull and bear baiting in the 18th century.
The Romans took bears from Scotland back to Italy to take part in barbaric bear baiting fights in front of thousands of spectators in theColosseum.
We've worked with hunters in Michigan to get initiatives prohibiting bear baiting passed and against pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.
But in Washington - where there's an initiative to eliminate bear baiting and the use of hounds for hunting bear, cougar and lynx - Jon Akers of Washingtonians for Wildlife Conservation noted there's more than meets the eye behind banning cougar hunting with hounds.
Years ago cruel sports such as bear baiting, cock fighting and badger baiting were banned but the ruling class land owners kept their cruel hunting -sports.
Other killing for fun traditions like bear baiting and cock fighting have been consigned to the history books but despite the latest poll showing 80 per cent of the population not wishing to see a return to legalised fox hunting, the Conservatives have chosen to ignore the will of the people and pander instead to the wealthy and powerful.
To them, people battering each other's lights out has about as much a place in civilised society as bear baiting.
Bear baiting continues to be legal, but only meat, fish, and baked goods can be used so that deer are not attracted to the bear baits.