In the relentless campaign to bring the most predatory form of gambling to the Commonwealth, it appears the gambling lobby has traded horse racing for the more brutal sport of kings — bear-baiting.
The malicious bloodsport, popular in England during the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, pitted well-trained hunting dogs against a bear chained to a post, often with his teeth and claws removed. The nobility cheered on the dogs and jeered at the “vicious” bear trying to defend himself.
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