Department investigating hare netting from islands
24 August 2010
The Department of the Environment is investigating claims that hares were netted on two west coast islands last year without the permission of the landowners.
Department investigates hare-netting allegations
Sean Mac Connell, Agriculture Correspondent
The Irish Times - August 23, 2010
"Claims that hares were netted on two west coast islands last year without the permission of the landowners are being investigated by the Department of the Environment. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports said the hares were netted on Hog island off Clare and Oyster island off Sligo in breach of Section 44 of the Wildlife Act. It said documents obtained by it under the Freedom of Information Act from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, showed that in last October, 39 hares were netted from Hog island for Killimer Kilrush coursing club." Read the full report at https://www.irishtimes.com/news/department-investigates-hare-netting-allegations-1.641266
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.
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Tel: 01 888 2403. Fax: 01 878 8640.
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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.
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