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Ireland's hare coursing cruelty continues in Listowel, Carlow and Nenagh
05 November 2015

Hares are again running for their lives this weekend as Ireland's cruel hare coursing continues. At the Listowel, Carlow and Nenagh coursing meetings, hares forcefully netted from the wild are being used as live bait for greyhounds.

See below for more details about what happened to hares at these locations in previous years.

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. See action alert below.


Listowel, Co Kerry 8/10 November 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" (meaning hares were hit/mauled by greyhounds), 1 certified injured and 1 put down because of injuries.

Listowel, Co. Kerry - November 9/10/11, 2012
9 hares hit by greyhounds, 1 injured, 3 killed. Ranger noted that "due to the very heavy rain prior to coursing, the field was very wet and the going was heavy and this made it difficult for some hares to get home to the escape." Ranger also noted "1 hare missing". Meanwhile, ICC steward's report noted 12 hares pinned by greyhounds, with 1 put down and 3 dying. Vet noted that 4 hares were injured 1 put down and 3 died.

Listowel, Co. Kerry, Oct 12/13, 2011
7 hares hit by greyhounds, 3 killed, 3 injured and 2 put down because of injuries, plus 1 died in coursing compound, a total of 7 fatalities.


Co. Carlow - 7, 8, 9 November, 2014
Coursers state 3 hares "required assistance" and 3 examined by vet. 1 hare noted to have died between 9 and 11 November, but no post mortem carried out.

Co. Carlow, 8/9/19 November, 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance" 1 certified injured by vet and 1 put down by vet.

Co Carlow - November 9/10/11, 2012
7 hares hit by dogs, 2 killed, according to National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) ranger.


Nenagh, Co Tipperary - 8, 9 November, 2014
NPWS ranger reported 4 hares hit by dogs. Ranger also noted that on visiting the grounds on 8 November, there were 2 young hares and 2 heavily pregnant hares. Ranger stated that coursers expressed concerns that given the wet ground, hares might not run as well as they could. Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance".

Nenagh, December 17/18, 2011
4 hares hit by muzzled dogs.


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.

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

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