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Protest against coursing on October 17th
14 October 2010

This Sunday, October 17th, a joint Irish Council Against Blood Sports / Animal Rights Action Network protest against hare coursing will take place in Edenderry, Co Offaly at 12 midday. We would be very grateful if you could join us for this important event.

Our photo below, taken a few days ago, shows some of the dozens of hares in the Edenderry coursing enclosure awaiting their fate. These unfortunate creatures have already suffered the stress of being forcefully removed in nets from their habitats. This weekend, they will be seen running for their lives in front of greyhounds. Hares hit by the dogs or mauled into the ground are likely to suffer life-threatening, painful injuries such as broken bones or damaged legs and toes.

Make your voice heard at our peaceful protest. Please be there for the hares this Sunday.

When: Sunday, October 17th, 2010, 12 midday
Location: Outside Coursing Field (Next to Lidl), Edenderry, Co Offaly
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Hares awaiting their fate in Edenderry Coursing Enclosure - October 2010

If you require a lift to the protest from Meath, Kilkenny, etc please let us know and we will try and put you in touch with drivers. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you on the day!

If possible, encourage friends and family members to join you at the protest.


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,


Campaign Videos: Ban Coursing in Ireland

More ICABS Videos

Slideshow: the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

Further Reading
The Facts About Hare Coursing
Stress and Capture Myopathy in Hares
Irish Hare: "conservation status is poor"
Hares and rabbits factsheet

More information about hare coursing

Coursing: Leaflet | Photos | Videos | Petition

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