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Hare severely mauled at Loughrea coursing, renewed calls for ban
27 October 2016

Sickening video footage from last weekend's coursing meeting in Loughrea captures the moment a hare is caught and severely mauled. The footage from the shameful County Galway event shows the trapped hare pushed and pinned to the ground by the dogs before a courser runs in to pull the animal's battered body away.

The hare is likely to have suffered serious internal injuries as a result. The individual who filmed the mauling told ICABS that this was one of at least two hares seen being mauled and killed.

After snatching the hare away from the dogs, the courser can be seen grabbing the animal by the ears and slowly carrying him off the field.

It's an outrage that in 2016, hares are being forced to endure the cruelty of coursing. Shame on Minister Heather Humphreys and the National Parks and Wildlife Service for granting a licence to coursers to go out into the countryside to catch hares in nets, keep them in captivity for weeks/months and use them as live lures for dogs to chase. For no other reason than to provide entertainment and gambling opportunities to those who find fun in watching animals running for dear life.

Shame also on the 114 TDs who had an opportunity to finally outlaw hare coursing last June but instead queued up in Dail Eireann to shamefully vote against a ban. We have brought this video to the attention of each and every one of them to show them the result of their disgraceful votes.


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Ireland: Ban Cruel Hare Coursing

Save Irish hares from cruel coursing

Contact Minister Heather Humphreys and the National Parks & Wildlife Service and urge them to stop licensing hare coursing

Heather Humphreys, TD
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
23 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Tel: +353 (0)1 631 3802 or +353 (0)1 631 3800
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Tweet to: @HHumphreysFG

Gerry Leckey
Wildlife Licensing Unit
National Parks & Wildlife Service
Ely Place, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1 888 3289

(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)

Dear Minister,

I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to urge you to stop licensing this cruel bloodsport.

In coursing, hares suffer and die 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.

Act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and ban this bloodsport.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,


Urgently contact An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Frances Fitzgerald. Ask them to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Tweet to: @EndaKennyTD

An Tanaiste, Frances Fitzgerald
Department Of Justice
51 St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 1 602-8202 or +353 1 457 7712
Tweet to: @FitzgeraldFrncs

Appeal to the Minister for Agriculture

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

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.
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Tweet to: @creedcnw

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Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889.

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