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Balbriggan - Reject cruel hare coursing
20 November 2013

Please join us in urging Balbriggan to reject cruel hare coursing. At a coursing meeting in the town this weekend, hares will be forced to run for their lives in front of greyhounds.

ICABS is urging local politicians to show compassion for the hares and condemn the cruelty.

We have brought to their attention details of the suffering caused to hares in coursing - see Coursing Cruelty Catalogue 2013 - and invited them to view video footage showing the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland.

"With hare coursing illegal in all our neighbouring jurisdictions (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), we believe that Balbriggan's hosting of coursing reflects badly on the area," we told local councillors. "We are therefore appealing to you to speak out against the cruelty and express support for a national ban."

The suffering caused to hares at the Balbriggan coursing meeting is well documented. At one meet, 9 hares were hit, 2 were injured and other hares were found to be "sick or otherwise unfit" after coursing. At another Balbriggan meeting, a hare with a bleeding leg was discovered, hares were heard "crying out" and hares were found dead following the meeting.


Urge Fingal County Councillors and Balbriggan Town Council to show compassion for the Irish Hare and speak out against cruel coursing.

Send an email to local politicians

Balbriggan Town Council
George's Square
Fingal, County Dublin.
Tel: 01 8412178

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Sign anti-coursing petitions
Petition to Ban horrific Hare Coursing Cruelty in Ireland
Stop sponsoring hare coursing in Ireland
Find more petitions on our Petitions Page

Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Ask them to show compassion for wildlife and introduce an immediate ban on hare coursing and all bloodsports.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Telephone: 01-6194020

An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail) or 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)

Email Both:;

Ask Minister Deenihan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to respect the wishes of the majority who want hare coursing banned and withdraw the coursing licence.

Jimmy Deenihan, TD
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
23 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 631 3804
Fax: (01) 661 1201

Constituency Details
18A The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry
Telephone: 068-57446
Fax: 068-57805

Urge Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to remove exemptions for coursing from the Animal Health and Welfare Bill.

Minister Simon Coveney
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. Demand that they urgently push for bans on coursing and foxhunting.

Find out their contact details
Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

Videos: Ireland's hare coursing cruelty

A hare is hit into the ground at the JP McManus-sponsored coursing meeting at Limerick Racecourse. February 2013

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