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Ireland's cruel hare coursing continues this weekend in Kilkenny and Donegal
19 December 2014

Ireland's hare coursing cruelty season continues this weekend with hares being forced to run for their lives at the North Kilkenny and East Donegal meetings.

See below for more information about what happened to hares at these meetings in recent years.

Please join us as we renew our appeal to Minister Heather Humphreys to show compassion for the hares and withdraw the licence she shamefully issued for this cruelty.


North Kilkenny, 21/22 December, 2013
Coursers stated that 9 hares "required assistance" with these being examined by vet, and 2 died of "natural causes". Vet did not refer to these 2 dead hares nor was there a post mortem, but he did state that 3 of the hares he examined were "not suitable for coursing" on day 2. Vet therefore did not seem to be aware that 2 hares had died.

Parksgrove, North Kilkenny, December 26/27, 2011
13 hares hit by muzzled dogs, 2 killed 2 put down because of injuries, with 2 “escaped”. Veterinary report states 2 hares injured, but no reference to 2 hares that had to be put down. The vet was noted as being “on call”. Who put down the hares, if not the vet?


East Donegal 2/3 November 2013
Coursers claim no hare hit, while ranger cites 1 hare hit.

East Donegal, 7/8 December 2012
Coursers stated that 1 hare "required assistance" and was examined by a vet, who stated that 1 hare was treated for injuries and 1 considered "unsuitable for coursing", while ranger cited 1 hare injured.

East Donegal - November 3/4, 2012
1 hare hit, injured and put down. The form was not signed by any ranger, and there were no details about hare releases. Significantly, the ICC control steward noted on his form "Wildlife officer gave permission for hares to stay in park", presumably to be used for another coursing meeting the following month.

East Donegal - December 8/9, 2012
3 hares hit, 2 injured and 2 died of injuries.

East Donegal, December 3 and 4, 2011
Ranger stated 1 hare hit, 1 injured and died from injury.

East Donegal (30/31 December 2006)
There were 5 hares struck by dogs, 3 of which died due to their injuries.

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Urge Minister Heather Humphreys to show compassion for the persecuted Irish Hare and revoke the coursing licence she issued.

Email "Stop the cruelty. Revoke the hare coursing licence" to
Tel: (01) 631 3802 or (01) 631 3800
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(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Dear Minister,

I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to urge you to revoke the licence you issued to the Irish Coursing Club.

In coursing, hares suffer at all stages - during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity and during the coursing meetings where they run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries recorded are broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips. Every season, hare injuries and deaths are documented.

I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and permanently revoke the licence.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,


Appeal to the Minister for Agriculture

Please appeal to the Minister for Agriculture to remove an exemption for hare coursing from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

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

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

Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and ask him to back a ban on hare coursing.

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

Contact all your local TDs now. Demand that they urgently push for a ban on hare coursing and all bloodsports. 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 a ban.

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

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