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Ireland's hare coursing cruelty continues in Athy, Old Kilcullen, Glanworth, Gorey, Newcastlewest, Rathdowney
01 December 2015

Hares are again running for their lives this week as Ireland's cruel hare coursing continues. At the Athy/Old Kilcullen, Glanworth, Gorey, Newcastlewest, Rathdowney coursing meetings, hares are being used as live bait for greyhounds to chase.

See below for 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.


Old Kilcullen, Co Kildare 3/4/5 December, 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" (meaning hares were hit/mauled by greyhounds) during coursing, with 2 of these examined by vet, who stated that 3 were "not suitable" for coursing.


Glanworth, Co Cork 5/6 December 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" and these were examined by a vet, with vet stating that 1 hare was "not suitable for coursing" on day 2. Coursers claimed that 1 hare escaped during a course.


Gorey, Co. Wexford 26/27 October 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance", 1 injured and 1 put down, plus 3 considered "unsuitable for coursing" by vet. However, NPWS ranger cited 4 hares hit by dogs with 2 dying of injuries.

Gorey, Co. Wexford - Nov 27/28, 2012
12 hares were hit by dogs, with 2 dying as a result of injuries, according to ranger, who was of the opinion that "weather was very cold and wet on the Sunday and this may have affected the hares". Vet noted that no hares were injured during coursing, despite the ranger's report of 2 hares dying of their injuries.

Gorey, 29/30 October, 2011
Over the two days of coursing 16 hares were hit by dogs, with 9 pinned and 7 dying of their injuries, according to NPWS ranger’s report. However, the vet’s report does not cite any hares injured or killed or euthanised.


Newcastlewest, Co Limerick - December 7/8/9, 2012
4 hares hit by dogs.


Rathdowney Co Laois 7/8 December 2013
Coursers claim that no hares "required assistance", though NPWS ranger's report cites 8 hares hit by dogs and "1 looked to be injured when it was pinned against a wire fence". Coursers claim also that 1 hare "escaped".


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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