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Destroyed: Hare with dislocated hip
17 August 2010

One of the victims of coursing last season was a hare suffering with a dislocated hip. According to a veterinary report relating to Ardpatrick and Kilfinane coursing club in Limerick, the creature was destroyed because of the injury.

In the report, obtained by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports under the Freedom of Information Act, the vet states: "The hares were examined one hour before and immediately after coursing on the 12th and 13th of December 2009. Over the two days, four hares needed clinical examination. I treated three for minor abrasions, the fourth I euthanized because of a dislocated hip."

He added: "I witnessed three other hares that appeared to die after coursing without any outward sign of injury. One of those was sent to the Local Regional Veterinary Laboratory. Post-mortem findings included internal adhesions (suggestive of an old condition)."

ICABS has brought this to the attention of Minister John Gormley as part of our appeal to him to stop licensing coursing.


Urge Minister John Gormley to stop licensing coursing. Send a copy of your correspondence to all of your TDs and encourage them to back a ban on the blood sport.

Minister John Gormley
Department of the Environment, Custom House, Dublin 1.
[CC - An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen]
Tel: 01 888 2403. Fax: 01 878 8640.

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

Dear Minister Gormley,

I am disappointed to learn that you have issued a licence to the Irish Coursing Club for another season of coursing cruelty.

In coursing, hares continue to die at all stages - during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity, during the coursing meetings and also subsequent to their release back to the wild. Such deaths have been documented by your NPWS division. These timid and fragile creatures die as a result of physical injuries or from the stress caused by human handling and being chased by greyhounds.

I urge you to act on the wishes of the electorate who want this activity outlawed. Please stop licensing coursing.

Thank you, Minister.

Yours sincerely,


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The Facts About Hare Coursing
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Hares and rabbits factsheet

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