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England's RevelryA History of Popular Sports and Pastimes, 1660-1830$
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Emma Griffin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263211

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263211.001.0001

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Bull-baiting: intellectual history

Bull-baiting: intellectual history

(p.114) 5 Bull-baiting: intellectual history
England's Revelry

Emma Griffin

British Academy

This chapter attempts to establish the extent of concern for animal suffering during eighteenth-century England. An intellectual history of this sport is provided. It looks at the rapid emergence of hostile criticism about bull-baiting in the late eighteenth-century. The chapter also attempts to situate the outpouring of concern within the wider context of concern about animal cruelty.

Keywords:   animal suffering, eighteenth-century England, bull-baiting, hostile criticism, animal cruelty

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