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Ireland's hare coursing cruelty continues today and tomorrow (Galway & Oranmore)
04 November 2015

Hares are again running for their lives this week as Ireland's cruel hare coursing continues. At the Galway & Oranmore coursing meeting today and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday), hares forcefully netted from the wild are being used as live bait for greyhounds.

At last year's Galway & Oranmore meeting, 11 hares were hit and/or mauled by greyhounds, with one put down as a result of the injuries suffered. See below for more details.

It's time for a ban on Ireland's cruel coursing. Please join us in renewing our appeal to Minister Heather Humphreys to show compassion for the hares and permanently withdraw the licence she shamefully issued for this cruelty.


Galway & Oranmore (held at Glin) - 4, 5, 6 November, 2014

NPWS ranger stated 6 hares hit by dogs on day 1 (3 hits and 3 pins), 1 hare put down because of injuries on day 2, according to vet, and on day 3, NPWS recorded 5 hits (3 hits, 2 pins). Meanwhile coursers stated that 6 hares "required assistance" (a euphemism for hares that have been struck and mauled by greyhounds) over the 3 days of coursing, in contrast to the 11 noted by ranger for 2 days of coursing attended. NPWS ranger noted that there was heavy rain all night on the night of the 5th and all day on the 6th and that the area in front of the escape became very poached as the day progressed, and that it was evident that towards the last few courses the hares were reluctant to run through the poached up mud.

Galway Oranmore 6/7 November 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance", 2 injured and 2 declared "unsuitable for coursing" on day 2.

Galway & Oranmore, Nov 10 & 11, 2011
10 hares hit, 4 pinned.


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

Email "Stop the cruelty. Permanently withdraw the hare coursing licence" to,,,,,
Tel: (01) 631 3802 or (01) 631 3800
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Tweet to: @HHumphreysFG

(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 permanently withdraw 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.

Yours sincerely,


Express your support for a ban on coursing. Sign and share petitions

Stop Licensing Cruel Hare Coursing

Save Irish hares from cruel coursing

Ban horrific hare coursing cruelty in Ireland

Stop sponsoring hare coursing in Ireland

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.

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Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

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