It’s hard to really pinpoint when men decided to take up boxing bears, but according to a recent article on VICE Fightland Blog the tradition began sometime in the mid-nineteenth century, and made its grand debut in New York in 1877 ( ‘Pyrenean Bear, who wrestles all comers under the rules’).
Check out these INSANE pictures from the post by Sarah Kurchak, and click here to read more about this fascinating, brutal, and peculiar time in history where boxing a bear was and in some cases, still is, all the rage . . .
Hard to call this fascinating; more repugnant, disgusting, vile — and still we humans continue to abuse animals. So sad.
I just have to say that your GIF background scared the shit out of me… Haha!
Hmm, interesting. I was in the Gaslamp Quarter (San Diego) last year and someone told me about a guy who had a bear as a “pet” that he would invite people to randomly fight. But seriously, people are still doing this?!
LOL! Thought the GIF would give a bit of a POW!