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The ‘running down and spearing of a boar from horseback’ (Richard Holt, Sport and the British: A Modern History, 1989). This was a practice popular among the officer class of the British military in India in the 19th century. The boars were strong, dangerous, and mature, and the activity was popular among officers as a substitute for fox hunting. The Meeret Tent Club established the Kadir Cup in 1874, awarded to outstanding individual riders, and a Muttra Cup was inaugurated for team events based upon how much ‘pig’ teams of three could kill. Justified as a means of sustaining the ‘fitness and morale of officers’, as Holt observes, pig-sticking, with its inherently barbaric nature, remained the indulgence of the imperious and cruel British officer class.

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