Another season of suffering for hares as Minister issues 2017-18 coursing licence
30 August 2017
Shame on Minister Heather Humphreys and the National Parks and Wildlife Service for issuing licences for a 2017-18 hare coursing season. The licences allow bloodsports clubs to net thousands of hares from the wild for use as live bait for greyhounds to chase at 87 coursing meetings around Ireland over a 29 week period from 11th August 2017 to 28th February 2018 (6 months and 17 days).
In licensing this animal cruelty, the Minister and NPWS have ignored appeals from Ireland and around.
All the captured hares will suffer the fear and stress of being removed from their habitats, transported in boxes, kept in captivity for months and forced to run for their lives in front of dogs. Hares caught and mauled by the dogs will suffer broken bones or other painful injuries. Some will die on the coursing fields while others will later be euthanised due to the severity of their injuries. Hares who survive the ordeal are at risk of later dying from stress-related capture myopathy.
It is to Ireland's great shame that hare coursing is permitted to continue with the blessing of the government. Their lack of compassion and refusal to stop a bloodsport that is illegal in all our neighbouring jurisdictions condemns thousands of timid hares to another season of suffering.
See video filmed by ICABS last season exposing the cruelty of coursing. Our footage shows hares being hit and mauled at coursing meetings around Ireland.
Contact Minister Heather Humphreys now and urge her to revoke these shameful licences.
Heather Humphreys, TD
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
23 Kildare Street
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(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)
I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to urge you to revoke the licence you issued to the Irish Coursing Club.
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.
I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and end this cruelty.
Tell the National Parks and Wildlife Service to stop facilitating animal cruelty and refuse any further licences to the Irish Coursing Club.
Wildlife Licensing Unit
National Parks & Wildlife Service
Ely Place, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1 888 3289
The Irish Hare is a protected species but an exemption for coursing in the Animal Health and Welfare Act means coursers are not liable for prosecution for their cruelty. Join us in our call to the government to remove the exemption and provide full and permanent protection to this cherished species.
Contact An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and An Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Frances Fitzgerald and ask them to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
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An Tanaiste, Frances Fitzgerald
Department Of Justice
51 St. Stephen's Green
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Stop licensing cruel coursing: Renewed appeal to Minister Humphreys
22 June 2017
The Minister for Arts and Heritage, Heather Humphreys is currently considering a licence application for another season of cruel hare coursing.
Last season, hares continued to be terrorised, hit, mauled, injured, killed in this despicable bloodsport. See video footage.
A ban on hare coursing is long overdue in Ireland. Please join us in urging Minister Humphreys and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to show compassion for the hare and stop licensing this cruelty which shames Ireland.
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