Punch,  48 (1865), 195.

Interesting Police Proceedings Against Frequenters of the Westminster Cock-pit



Proceedings, Spoof


Cruelty, Politics, Government, Animal Behaviour, Amusement, Crime

    Describes a trial at a police court in which several statesmen were charged with 'Cock-fighting' by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: the aggressive debates in the Houses of Parliament are likened to blood sports. Inspector Punch, who 'appeared in support of the prosecution', testified to the 'rat-matches, dog-fighting and badgering', while the prisoners protested their innocence.

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