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Panama bans hare coursing. When will Ireland follow?
03 April 2012

The League Against Cruel Sports is reporting that a major new animal welfare law passed in Panama in the past few weeks, includes a ban on hare coursing.

The impressive new legislation is the first animal protection law in Panamanian history. It not only bans coursing but also bullfighting, dogfighting and greyhound racing. The use of animals in circuses has been effectively stopped too. A big thumbs up to Panama, its legislators and all the animal groups and campaigners involved for this historic achievement.

In stark and shameful contrast, the Irish Government not only allows coursing but is seeking to protect the bloodsport by inserting an exemption into new animal "welfare" legislation.

Be inspired by Panama's tremendous achievement. Join us in contacting the Irish Government and demanding a coursing and hunting ban here. Spread the word and encourage friends and family members to get involved now.

UPDATE: Please appeal to Ricardo Martinelli, President of the Republic of Panama, to give his full backing to the new law and not veto it. Email

A history of coursing bans

New South Wales, Australia (1953)
New Zealand (1954)
Victoria, Australia (1964)
South Australia (1985)
Scotland (2004)
England and Wales (2004)
Northern Ireland (2011)
Panama (2012)
The Republic of Ireland (?)


Appeal to the Minister for Agriculture

Please appeal to the Minister for Agriculture to remove an exemption for coursing from the new Animal Welfare Bill and to permanently ban hare coursing.

Simon Coveney, TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Contact all your local TDs now. Tell them you are one of the majority who want coursing banned. Remind them that coursing is already illegal in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Urge them to respect the wishes of the majority of the electorate and back the anti-coursing bill being introduced by Maureen O'Sullivan, TD and Clare Daly, TD.

Find out the names of your TDs and their email addresses.

If you prefer to post a letter to your TDs, address your correspondence to:
Dáil Éireann
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2.

Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Ask them to back a ban on hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
Fax: 01-6764048

An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Iveagh House,
80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)
Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400

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