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"I'm no fan of coursing": RTE's Pat Kenny
07 October 2009

ICABS has welcomed a statement from RTE television and radio presenter, Pat Kenny that he is not a fan of the blood sport of hare coursing. "I'm no fan of hare coursing," he declared on his 1st October radio show. "I have no brief for it one way or the other."

The comment was made during a discussion about the possibility of the Green Party making history by securing a ban on hare coursing.

You can download the show or listen to it on the RTE website

Featured on the show were Irish Independent journalist John Drennan, former Green Party member, Bronwen Maher and pro-coursing Tipperary TD, Mattie McGrath.


Please ask Minister John Gormley to stop licensing coursing. Email "STOP LICENSING CRUEL HARE COURSING" to

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 one of the majority opposed to the cruel blood sport of hare coursing.

I am appalled that as leader of the Green Party, you have issued licences for this animal cruelty in recent years. As you are aware, hares suffer from the moment they are snatched from the wild in nets, during their time in captivity and while they are being chased by the greyhounds. When hit, they suffer agonising life-threatening injuries, including broken bones. The cruelty of coursing is clear to see at

How can you possibly justify keeping this blood sport alive by licensing it? I strongly urge you to REFUSE a licence to the coursers for the 2009-10 season and to put in place permanent protection for this most timid and treasured of species. It is contrary to Green Party principles to facilitate animal cruelty.

Yours sincerely,

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