By Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Borbála Faragó
Animals in Irish Literature and tradition spans the early smooth interval to the current, exploring colonial, post-colonial, and globalized manifestations of eire as nation and kingdom in addition to the human animal and non-human animal migrations that problem various literal and cultural borders.
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7 This linking of scientific and political thought is an important development, signalling the interdisciplinary nature of ethical arguments. Many poems from the mid-eighteenth century onward seek to reflect on the larger moral framework for their representation of animal life by linking it to debates on slavery and on the rights of women. This has led David Perkins to argue that to read the concern for animal welfare expressed in these poems as a metaphor for the rights of certain human groups is in fact to exacerbate the exploitation of animals.
34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 25 Kelly, Sport, 148. Carpenter and Collins, Irish Poet, 226. Carpenter and Collins, 126. Carpenter and Collins, 273–4. Carpenter and Collins, 274. Kelly, Sport, 157. Kelly notes that, though Irish tavern owners did not match their English counterparts in the promotion of cockfighting as a sport, some did host major matches, as well as the less prestigious ‘shake bag’ events. Kelly, Sport, 166–7. Kelly, Sport, 165. Keith Thomas notes that Samuel Pepys, visiting a cockpit in 1663, saw everyone from ‘parliamentary men’ down to ‘the poorest prentices, bakers, brewers’.
43 In Dublin the combined practice of bull running and bull-baiting emerged, where the bull was chased by spectators and dogs through the city streets, creating scenes of disorder and often instances of injury to bystanders. Sometimes the bull had been stolen from herds being driven into the city for slaughter while they were resting for the night. It was claimed that the chase helped to tenderize the meat of the bull, and descriptions often included the presence of butchers at the end of the baiting.