was a popular amusement, particularly in 17th
and 18th-century England
, in which trained bulldogs attacked a tethered bull
. In Queen Anne
's time it was performed in London
at Hockley Hole, regularly twice a week, and there was scarce a provincial town to which it did not extend. At Stamford
and at Tutbury, from a very early period, a maddened bull was annually hunted through the streets.
Together with other animal sports such as bear-baiting, cockfighting, and dogfighting, this amusement was prohibited in Great Britain by an act of Parliament in 1835.