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Elavon/Realex urged to stop facilitating sale of coursing tickets
10 January 2014

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on online payment companies, Elavon and Realex, to show compassion for Irish hares and stop facilitating the sale of tickets to an animal cruelty event.

"We are surprised and disappointed to note that you are making the online sale of tickets to a hare coursing event possible by providing online payment services to the Irish Coursing Club," we stated in our appeal.

We told the companies that coursing is one of Ireland's worst forms of cruelty and that hares violently netted from the wild are forced to run for their lives in front of greyhounds.

"This is a bloodsport which a majority of Irish people are opposed to and which is illegal in most countries including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the United States," we pointed out.

We also provided them with information about the victims of coursing and highlighted that painful injuries suffered by hares include broken bones and dislocated hips.


Please join us in urging Elavon and Realex to show compassion for the hares and stop providing online merchant services to coursers.

Elavon Financial Services
Block E, Cherrywood Science & Technology Park
Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin

Elavon Financial Services, Inc.
Two Concourse Parkway,
Suite 800, Atlanta GA 30328 USA


Realex Payments
The Observatory
7-11 Sir John Rogerson's Quay
Dublin 2


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Hare Coursing Cruelty
A hare is hit by a greyhound at the coursing meeting in Clonmel. Elavon and Realex are facilitating the sale of tickets to this cruelty festival.

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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,
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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

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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.

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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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All hares used in coursing are victims and they all suffer the fear and stress of being violently snatched from their habitats, thrown into crates, transported to coursing compounds and kept in captivity for months. Among the hare injuries and deaths recorded are:

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