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Join our appeal to Boylesports to stop sponsoring coursing
06 February 2009

ICABS is calling on Boylesports to stop sponsoring hare coursing. The "2009 Boylesports Derby" is one of the events listed on the Irish Coursing Club website. The company is one of just a handful who shamelessly sponsor this cruel activity. In an appeal to Boylesports, ICABS stated: "it is regrettable that your company deems it appropriate to help keep coursing alive through financial support".


Please ask Boylesports to stop sponsoring coursing.

(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

John Boyle
Managing Director, Boylesports
Finnabair Industrial Park
Dundalk, Louth
Tel: +353 42 939 3000
Fax: +353 42 939 3167

Dear Mr Boyle,

I am one of the majority opposed to hare coursing. I wish to express my disgust and disappointment at Boylesports' sponsorship of this cruel blood sport. It is very regrettable that your company is helping to keep alive an activity that results in horrendous suffering and death to the Irish hare. It has been confirmed that in just the first three weeks of the current season alone, at least 22 hares were killed by muzzled greyhounds.

Among the incidents previously recorded are hares viciously mauled to death, hares suffering injuries so severe that they had to be put down and a hare "squealing in distress" after being caught by a dog. Given the force with which greyhounds collide with their quarry, broken bones are common. One hare was described as being in great distress with a "badly broken hind leg", another was bleeding from its hind leg and a Westmeath hare was found in a coursing enclosure with its leg "almost completely broken off".

I hope that you can reconsider your stance on this issue and stop sponsoring coursing.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive reply.

Yours sincerely,

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