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Hare coursing president manhandles women
07 February 2014

The individual who forcibly dragged two female observers out of the national coursing finals in Clonmel last Saturday, February 1st, has been identified as Brian Divilly, president of the Irish Coursing Club.

Divilly approached the Irish Council Against Blood Sports observers and said there was to be no filming of the event, then proceeded to forcibly drag the women from the grounds.

Divilly is caught on camera saying that he would have the women "removed". See footage below.

Last September, during a TV debate on hare coursing, DJ Histon, CEO of the Irish Coursing Club, issued an invitation to the public to come and see coursing for themselves. Aideen Yourell, Campaigns Director of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports interjected to say "as long as you donít bring a camera".

Clearly, the coursers have much to hide and they will resort to bullying, intimidation and manhandling to hide their sick sport.

ICABS is more determined than ever before to have this disgusting bloodsport banned in Ireland. Please scroll down for our action alerts and join us in pressing the government to put in place a long overdue ban on hare coursing.

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Minister Coveney: Save hares from cruel coursing
Petition to Ban horrific Hare Coursing Cruelty in Ireland
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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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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.

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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

Slideshow: the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

The victims of coursing

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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