Baiting (blood sport)

Baiting is a blood sport where an animal is worried or tormented against another animal, for the purpose of entertainment or gambling.[1][2][3][4][5] This activity is illegal in most countries with varying levels of enforcement.

An organized fight between a bear and bull, 1853.


During various periods of history and in different cultures around the world, various types of baiting, named for the species used, have been confirmed. These include badger-baiting, bear-baiting, bull-baiting, donkey-baiting, duck-baiting, hog-baiting, human-baiting, hyena-baiting, lion-baiting, monkey-baiting, rat-baiting, and wolf-baiting.[1][2][3][4][5] Much of what is known about baiting comes from England in the Middle Ages, although it has not been legal there for some time. It is still practiced, however, in other parts of the world, including some cultures of Central Asia.



  • South Sudan: The Criminal Code states that arranging, promoting or organizing fights between cocks, rams, bulls or other domestic animals, or encouraging such acts, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two months or with a fine, upon conviction.[5]

See also


  1. Tracy Irwin Storer; Lloyd Pacheco Tevis (1996). California Grizzly. University of California Press. pp. 42–187. ISBN 978-0-520-20520-8. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  2. Washington, Irving (1837), "Gay life at Monterey – Mexican horsemen – A bold dragoon – Use of the lasso – Vaqueros – Noosing a bear – Fight between a bull and a bear – Departure from Monterey – Indian horse stealers – Outrages committed by the travellers – Indignation of Captain Bonneville", The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West, retrieved 2009-08-11
  3. Hoage, Robert J., Roskell, Anne and Mansour, Jane, "Menageries and Zoos to 1900", in New World, New Animals: From Menagerie to Zoological Park in the Nineteenth Century, Hoage, Robert J. and Deiss, William A. (ed.), Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1996, pp.8-18. ISBN 0-8018-5110-6
  4. Roland Auguet (1994). Cruelty and civilization: the Roman games. ISBN 978-0-415-10453-1.
  5. The Penal Code Act, 2008.

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