Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Richard Martin soon realized that magistrates did not take the Martin Act seriously, and that it was not being reliably enforced. Broome canvassed opinions in letters that were published or summarised in various periodicals in
C N Trueman "Roman Entertainment" historylearningsite. The History Learning Site, 16 Mar Many people will know of the Roman gladiators, chariot racing, the Colosseum in Rome as we have a great deal of writing and other evidence about these things from the times of the Romans themselves.
Chariot racing One of the most famous buildings in Rome is the Colosseum. This building is now a major tourist attraction in Rome. In Ancient Rome it was also a major attraction for those who wanted to see the various events that were put on at this vast building.
The Colosseum could hold over 50, people and the viewing public were well looked after by the authorities. The temperature in Rome in the summer could be very hot and the audience at the Colosseum was protected from the sun by a huge canopy that was put over the top of the stadium when needed.
Inside the ruins of the Colosseuem The events staged at the Colosseum were many.
Nearly all of them involved death and destruction. There were the well known gladiator fights and the feeding of Christians to lions. There were also a number of lesser known events such as mock sea battles involving ships, animal circus acts, animals fighting animals and animal hunts.
All sorts of animals were kept in cages below the Colosseum. Wild cats, buffaloes, bears and elephants would all be kept and then made to fight one another. In some parts of the Roman Empire, certain animals died out because their type was in such demand by those who ran entertainment in Rome itself.
It is thought that on the day the Colosseum opened, over 5, animals were killed. Those who came to the Colosseum came to see people fight. Many of these gladiators were slaves or prisoners-of-war.
Those gladiators who had fought well but had not won their fight could be spared by the emperor if he was present at an event — a thumbs up meant life, and a thumbs down meant death. The emperors believed it was a good way to keep the people of Ancient Rome happy and content with the way the city was being governed.
The government provided free bread and free entertainment — a combination they believed would keep happy the many unemployed people in Rome.
The Colosseum was the greatest building in Ancient Rome but much smaller amphitheatres were built in Roman Britain and gladiatorial fights may have occurred in these.
Cirencester had an amphitheatre. Chariot racing was put on at the Circus Maximus. This was equally popular with the people of Ancient Rome and going to a race was seen as a family event.
To many people today, Roman entertainment was cruel.“The tide is really starting to turn, and Jungle Book more than any movie is the best evidence,” says Dan Mathews, senior vice president of campaigns for PETA, an organization that in the s brought one of the first legal cases exposing animal cruelty in entertainment.
It looks like animal-lovers should have a box of tissues on hand while watching the new Animal Planet show Dodo Heroes — and not just in case that new puppy or kitten makes a mess on the floor.
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