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Bull-baiting 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.

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