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Courser's claim that hares are treated well is laughable
21 January 2014

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has rubbished a claim by a courser that hares are treated well. In an Irish Examiner report, the Sevenhouses coursing club representative also maintained that he has not seen a hare killed "in years". Records confirm that hares have been hit, injured and killed in 2012 and 2013.

Responding to the report, ICABS told the Irish Examiner editor that:

"According to official National Parks and Wildlife Service monitoring reports, 2 hares were hit by greyhounds at last year's Sevenhouses coursing meeting. Both animals were injured with one of them dying due to the severity of the injuries" and

"The previous year, 12 hares were hit by dogs at the same venue. One of these hares was killed, another four were injured and one was put down due to injuries sustained."

We also challenged a claim in the report that the coursing club "treats the hares well".

"Hares used as live lures in Ireland's coursing are subjected to terrible cruelty which begins with the creatures being forcefully captured from the countryside," we stated. "The ordeal continues when they are crammed into boxes, brought to coursing fields and kept in captivity for weeks until eventually being forced to run for their lives in front of greyhounds. The facts are that hares are treated appallingly and that every coursing season, there are numerous injuries and deaths."


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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,
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail) or 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)

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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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