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Renaissance & Reformation

Bearbaiting and Blood sports
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Christie Wilson

on 14 November 2011

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Renaissance and Reformation Bearbaiting and Blood Sports What is bear baiting? Bear baiting is the act of tethering bears and other wild animals to posts and setting trained dogs on them. This was, and today still is, a form of entertainment.

This blood sport and others started their popularity in 12th Century, but began to decline near the 18th century. Bearbaiting began to decline in popularity in the late 17th century, and later was banned in England by the Puritans between the years 1640 and 1660.

The sport was permanently outlawed by the act of Parliament in 1835. The helpless and wounded bears were to be chained to a post and proceed to be mauled by attack dogs while thousands of spectators would cheer with excitement. Most bears would have their muzzles ripped to pieces and their ears
would be severely torn after a match with the dogs. The bears, after being taken from their natural habitat, would have their teeth ripped out with pliers and no painkillers, nothing to stop the bleeding, and nothing to fight infections.
Their claws were also ripped out -leaving the bear totally defenseless. Works Sited To this day, bear-baiting still continues to be a sport. While not practiced everywhere, one of the more known places where bear-baiting is still common to see is Pakistan. Other Blood Sports Dog fighting Why? Bloods sports were wildly popular in the Renaissance period, but for what reason?
Were these events just sports to pass the time and provide amusement
Or was there a reason it had started? When bear-baiting was prohibited in 1835, dog combat became the cheaper, legal alternative. Fighting dogs were later crossbred with other breeds of dogs to create a fast, agile and vicious animal that was capable of fighting for an extended amount of time. Afghanistan is one of the suprisingly
many countries that still have a high
number of dog-fighting events
occuring every year. Cock Fighting Bull Baiting Hawking A picture of the steel spurs attached
to a fighting rooster. Bear baiting was not just harmful to the bear
but also to the dogs attacking it. The object of bull baiting was for an attack
dog to pin down the bull by it's nose. When
the bull was immobilized, the bull would
then proceed to be killed infront of the crowd
gathered.
The nose is a very sensitive portion of a bull.
The pain brought on by a bite from an attack
dog could easily cause it horrible pain and
immobilize the bull. Bull baiting was also another popular sport for those of the renaissance era to enjoy. It was sometimes prefered to bear baiting, as bulls were cheaper. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/379814/bull_baiting_a_blood_sport_that_dates.html Cockfighting—a blood sport in which two roosters specifically bred for aggressiveness are placed beak to beak in a small ring and encouraged to fight to the death In the fighting ring, the
roosters often wear knives
that transform their
natural spurs into knives
for maximum injury.


Hawking was the act of hunting with a specially trained hawk or falcon. Hawks were normally blinded at the beggining of training as to prevent distractions that may have caused problems. The hawks were blinded by having their eyes sewn shut. Throughout training, they would be allowed to see more and more. But hawks were also trained to attack other hawks, as to once again provide amusement to the watching crowd. http://www.bulldoginformation.com/bull-baiting.html http://www.tomecek.com/jay/RecreationandSports.html http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/cockfighting.aspx Most blood sports started out with no intention of harming animals for
a crowd's entertainment. In fact, most had very legitimate reasons for
having been started. But the reasons began to become unpopular as
more and more people favored watching the sports for fun. Bear baiting was used as a means for training attack dogs for war.
The bears would stand at human height, with a large build, and
provide a target for the dogs to practice with.
The dogs would be vicious and dangerous, but well trained. Hawking was a means for people to gather food
and hunt. But again, it became a sport to see which
falcon/hawk could take out it's opponent. Dog fighting took the place of bear-baiting and bull-baiting when
it became a legal loop-hole. All baiting sports were outlawed, not
dog-on-dog combat. And thus another blood-sport. Cock fighting was a variation of dog fighting,
and had no real purpose to start other than
to be another mean of entertainment. Thank you for viewing this presentation.
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