There were a lot of cruel animal sports in the Middle Ages. Fox hunts, bear baiting, dog fighting, bull fighting and the like. A few survive to this day. The least cruel is probably wrestling or catching a greased pig. It’s not particularly nice on the poor hog, and it’s probably terrified for its life the entire time. But at least it probably doesn’t end up stabbed to death or torn apart by a fierce hound at the climax of events.