The apparent disregard for the suffering of large carnivores does not seem to have changed much….
Ancient Rome: men proved their strength by fighting large carnivores to the death with appropriately primitive weaponry. In the 21st century, recreational killing of animals for other than food is still a social affirmation of sorts among the protagonists who derive pleasure from killing. Today the killing is often aided by sophisticated technological enhancers such as GPS, webcam, mechanized transportation in the backcountry and of course, the best guns or high powered bows available today.
We are not the same people today as the people of ancient Rome, yet this one area of recreational fulfillment still persists in what should be a kinder, gentler world.