We have criminalised bull, badger and bear baiting
, cock fighting and other ghastly inhumane pastimes, and now it's time fox hunting is outlawed.
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.
Since 1990, voters across America have approved measures, propositions and proposals to ban steel-jawed traps, prohibit airborne hunting of wolves, ban bear baiting
, prohibit cockfighting, outlaw slaughter of horses for human consumption and prevent the expansion of greyhound racing tracks.
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.
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.
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.
PORTLAND, Maine, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting is calling on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to put an end to bear baiting
- an unsporting practice where piles of rotting meat, pizza and stale pastries lure bears in for an easy trophy kill - to prevent future human and bear conflicts.
To them, people battering each other's lights out has about as much a place in civilised society as bear baiting
Most bear baiting
today is done by professionals whose workhorses are ATVs and whose paying clients' only active participation in the 'hunt' is an unearned and anticlimactic kill.
THE human bear baiting
that is the Jeremy Kyle show has claimed more victims - but are we really surprised?
Police stopped cruel organisers from taking bears to the annual village festival in Shaw Jewiena in the Punjab where hundreds of people were due to watch 20 separate bear baiting
fights, involving up to 30 bears and 100 dogs.