Trial of Two Centuries
Opening Statements
Public Executions
Human v. Human Sport
Animal v. Animal Sport Human v. Animal Sport Closing Statements Witness List End Notes & Bibliography

The following is the edited highlights of the internet court transcript of the people from the year 1700 to the present year in the Common Era 1999 versus the perpetrators of brutality resulting from the leisure of the English spectator.

In the following days to come, we the prosecution will establish beyond a doubt that the defendants have committed and will continue to commit without our intervention, heinous crimes against humanity and the animal kingdom. In the coming months of the trial this prosecuting team [representing both the 18th and 20th centuries] will not only expose the acts of the 18th and early 19th centuries as inhumane, but we will demonstrate why they must be dramatically reformed. In Exposing the ways in which English citizens were often publicly executed without a fair trial, the ways in which animals were often killed and maimed for the benefit of an indulgent audience, and through many other intolerable instantiations of violent entertainment, we will fully prove the criminal nature of eighteenth century entertainment. First, the prosecution will unveil the horror of the guillotine and gallows, to show that now only is capital punishment an unnecessary punishment but that the public nature of the entertainment compounds the unjust nature of the act. While the citizens of eighteenth century England would often delight in the recent beheading or hanging of a wayward Englishperson, it is the duty of this court to uphold a higher sense of justice and admonish public execution altogether. Still, we cannot forget to examine the cruel forms of animal and human brutality commonly called English sport, that not only strip the life of a animal or even person, but severely damage them both physically and emotionally. Pugilism, stick fighting, and football are three of the major bloody sports that pit man against man only to serve the purpose of the other's injury and suffering. Bull-baiting, bear baiting, cock-throwing, and cock-fighting are fought along the same premise, only in this case it is not man that is suffering the hardships of being ripped apart at his skin, but the animals that we are supposed to live in symbiosis with on this planet. Through the course of this trial, the Prosecution will not only establish that the aforementioned violence causes great harm to society in general, but that such acts should be stricken entirely from the society of the English people.

Although some might believe that the entertainment on trial has an adverse effect on society, the Defense will demonstrate that, in actuality, the reverse is true. Certainly, public execution is not a heavenly sight-but it most definitely serves its function of deterring future criminals. Why would a citizen take the risk of a humiliating and painful death to partake the life of a petty thief or pickpocket. The Defense will argue that public execution is a viable deterrent of future crime. While is it the position of the defense to freely allow state-appropriated public executions, over zealous abuse of public execution should not be permitted. Laws should be strictly regulated and enforced, and abuses of any such law should result in the severest of penalties. While public executions provide a moral example for society, the popular sports that the British people watch give society a better sense of community. We will not only demonstrate how these sports are positive for society, we will prove how they teach Britons gallantry and honor. These animal sports that are deemed bloody are rather bloodless compare to the normal nature of wild animals. These animals are trained and taught honor which serves as strong examples for British society. In general, we will demonstrate that these forms of popular entertainment should continue to exist as they are important for England. There is something that we feel that most should honor: traditions and customs. These outlets for entertainment and celebration are extremely important to British history and the cultural livelihood of its people.

Copyright © 1999 Lara Zador and Jason Winokur. All rights reserved.
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