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Sinn Fein politicians ignore appeal and again wish "best of luck" to cruel coursers
23 November 2016

Shame on the three Sinn Fein politicians who have once again wished the "best of luck" to cruel hare coursers in Kerry. An advert in the booklet for the Listowel hare coursing meeting sees Martin Ferris TD and Kerry County Councillors Dianne Nolan and Robert Beasley conveying "Best of luck to Listowel Coursing Club".

The three have restated their message of support to the coursers, despite an appeal last year after an identical advert was published in the booklet. Back then, ICABS told them about the suffering caused to hares used at Listowel coursing - including a hare severely mauled by greyhounds and put down as a result of injuries, 12 hares caught and pinned by greyhounds with three dying and 7 fatalities at a meeting in 2011. At the 2015 meeting, three hares “required assistance”, i.e. were hit and mauled by the dogs.

It is an absolute disgrace that in 2016 any public representative would convey a good luck message to those involved in terrorising, injuring and killing Irish wildlife in a bloodsport that brings shame on the nation.

ICABS has brought the Listowel Coursing Club advert to the attention of Sinn Fein's head office and renewed an appeal to the party to modernise its animal welfare policies and back a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting.


Please join us in urging Sinn Fein to back a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting, in line with the majority view that these cruel activities must be outlawed.

Sign the petition: "Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing"

Tel: (353) 1 8726100 / 8726932 OR 02890 347350
Tweet: @sinnfeinireland Sinn Fein - Back a ban on Ireland's cruel hare coursing and foxhunting

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(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter.)

Dear Sinn Fein,

I am one of the majority who want hare coursing and foxhunting outlawed in Ireland.

I urge your party to modernise its animal welfare policies and back a ban on this deplorable animal cruelty.

Yours sincerely,


Contact the three Sinn Fein politicians who have shamefully wished "best of luck" to hare coursers.

Martin Ferris TD
Tel: (01) 6184248 (Dáil office) or (066) 7129545 (constituency office)

Cllr Dianne Nolan
Phone: 087 7944642

Cllr Robert Beasley
Phone: 086 3622114

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)

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

Ireland: Ban Cruel Hare Coursing

Ban horrific hare coursing cruelty in Ireland 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: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
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Tweet to: @creedcnw

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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