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Renewed appeal to Order of Malta to disassociate from cruel hare coursing
15 January 2016

Please sign and share our petition: Order of Malta - Stop attending cruel hare coursing festival

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has renewed an appeal to voluntary first-aid organisation, Order of Malta, to show compassion for Irish wildlife and stop attending a hare coursing cruelty festival.

The Order of Malta has a presence at the coursing finals in Clonmel to provide first aid to those getting their kicks from watching hares running for their lives. A posting on the Order of Malta's Facebook page shows the group's First Aid Station at the Powerstown Park venue alongside the message "Good week of duty over in Clonmel, with coursing and races".

The Order of Malta says it has nearly 4,000 members "volunteering their time to provide first-aid medical services at community and large national events".

In an email to the Order of Malta's Dublin headquarters, ICABS praised the organisation's valuable work across the country but pointed out that volunteering at an animal cruelty event at which defenceless animals are forced to run for their lives is surely contrary to the Order of Malta's ethos of compassion and alleviating suffering.

"The coursing meeting in Clonmel is the culmination of a season of animal cruelty," we stated in our letter. We brought to their attention photographs taken at Clonmel which show hares desperately running for their lives in front of greyhounds.

"Every coursing season, hares are hit and mauled, resulting in painful injuries and deaths," we added. "Injuries include bruises, broken bones and dislocated hips. This is not the type of activity the Order of Malta should be associating with."

Photos from the hare coursing cruelty festival in Clonmel.


Please sign and share our petition: Order of Malta - Stop attending cruel hare coursing festival

Please join us in urging the Order of Malta to stop providing volunteers to the national hare coursing meeting in Clonmel.

Order of Malta Ireland,
St John's House,
32 Clyde Road,
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Tel: 01-6430000

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