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Protest against hare coursing - February 6th
18 January 2008

A protest against hare coursing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 from 12 noon to 2 pm. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is one of the groups from all around Ireland who will be represented at this peaceful demonstration outside the coursing finals venue - Powerstown Park, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Show you care about the thousands of Irish Hares snatched from the countryside every year, crammed into boxes, kept captive in coursing fields for months and eventually forced to run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Watch our campaign video below to see the fatal maulings suffered by these fragile creatures during coursing meetings.

ICABS wants to see this being the last ever coursing season in Ireland. We need your help to send the strongest message possible to the government that blood sport cruelty is no longer acceptable. Over the coming weeks, please keep an eye on the ICABS website - - for updates on the protest, action alerts and other details about how you can help bring coursing to an end.

Thank you for caring about Irish wildlife and for supporting our campaign.

"Ban Hare Coursing" - Protest Details

Outside Powerstown Park, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
12 noon to 2 pm

Be there for the hares! Please bring placards if possible!

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If you are willing to car-share (or if you require a lift), please let us know and we will endeavour to put you in touch with others in your area.

Video: Coursing cruelty

Hare coursing cruelty


Please contact Environment Minister, John Gormley, and appeal to him to give a commitment that this will be the last ever hare coursing season in Ireland.

Sample Letter
(Please compose your own personal letter if possible. If you do not have time to do this, please send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Minister John Gormley
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Custom House, Dublin 1.

Tel: 01 888 2403.
Fax: 01 878 8640.

Dear Minister Gormley,

I am writing to implore you to firmly reject future licence applications from the Irish Coursing Club. Hare coursing is Ireland's most appalling animal abuse with thousands of hares being ripped from their natural habitat and forced to run for their lives before muzzled dogs. When hit, the injuries are often so severe that the terrified hare has to be destroyed - but only after suffering from stress and severe internal injuries or broken bones.

In its pre-election manifesto, the Green Party pledged to ban blood sports when in government. I am among the confident majority who trust that you will take this historic opportunity, Minister, to spare the hares the suffering caused by coursing and refuse further licences to these heartless destroyers of our wildlife heritage.

Thank you and best wishes.

Yours sincerely,



Please contact your local TD and Senator and ask them to make an appeal to Minister Gormley on your behalf.

For the names of your TDs, please click on your county on the Irish Government website

Contact your TD at:
Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337889 (1890 DEPUTY).

For a list of Senators, please visit the Irish Government website

Contact your Senator at:
Seanad Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 732 623 (1890 SEANAD).

Photos: Hares suffering during coursing meetings

Hare Coursing Gallery - Image 4

Hare Coursing Gallery - Image 1
A hare is mauled into the ground by a muzzled greyhound during a coursing meeting. This is one of the thousands of hares cruelly captured in the Irish countryside every year for use in the blood sport.

Hare Coursing Gallery - Image 6

More information about blood sports

Coursing: Leaflet | Photos | Videos | Petition
Foxhunting: Leaflet | Photos | Videos | Petition
Carted deer hunting: Leaflet | Photos | Videos | Petition

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