bear-baiting


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bear-baiting

(formerly) an entertainment in which dogs attacked and enraged a chained bear
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My first few bear-baiting trips were four-weekers, and I needed every bit of that time to get things my way.
(Full disclosure: I read an early version of this chapter and provided some suggestions and comments.) Chapters follow on 'The Playhouses' (open-air playing venues from the Red Lion [1567] to the Hope [1613]); 'The Theatres' (indoor venues from St Paul's [1575] to Salisbury Court [1629]); 'Other Venues', including the London-area royal palaces and the Inns of Court; and 'Animal-Baiting Arenas', namely the six different Bankside bear-baiting venues mentioned above.
They banned bear-baiting two centuries ago - now we have TV talent shows.
After all, it was more or less spelt out in Shakespeare's references in Henry VI, Part 2 to bear-baiting and Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, the socalled Kingmaker.
True, there is animal cruelty all over the world from bear-baiting and dog-fighting to seal-clubbing and elephant-poaching.
They also advocated why do animal rights activists care more about animals and not about people, the importance of a meat-free diet, plight of the industrial farm animals and what should we as citizens do about it, the cruel practice of bear-baiting, whale hunting, untreated rabies in stray dogs, the inhumane treatment meted out to laboratory animals etc.
What, no bear-baiting? Check out www.reducedshakespeare.com.
Banned pastimes included bull-baiting, bear-baiting, and 'Bowling'.
One neighbour said he had been "tormented to death - like bear-baiting".
One neighbour said Mr Askew had been "tormented to death - like bear-baiting".
Another judge slammed the Kyle show two years ago as "human bear-baiting" after one guest assaulted another.
These include factory farming in New Zealand, Scotland and England, bears being kept in concrete pits in Japan and bear-baiting in Pakistan.