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Tara Hill hares captured for cruel coursing in Wexford
28 August 2018

Among the hares captured for cruel coursing during the past season were 13 from Tara Hill in Wexford. Coursing records published on the website of the National Parks & Wildlife Service - which shamefully continues to license the bloodsport - show that the hares were taken from the 253 metre high hill and its surroundings last November.

Coursers arrived with their nets and mercilessly rounded up 7 hares on 12th November. They returned two weeks later and snatched 6 more.

These 13 hares, along with others netted from Inch, Ballygarrett, Killenagh and other areas around Wexford - were forced to run for their lives at the 3-day Gorey coursing meeting held two weeks before Christmas.

The coursers claim that 13 hares were later returned back to Tara Hill but as there appears to have been no wildlife ranger present to witness this, there is no way to confirm it. Regardless, hares released back to the wild after the ordeal of being captured, kept in captivity, manhandled and used as live bait for dogs to chase are later at risk of dying from stress-related capture myopathy.

At the Gorey coursing meeting, one hare was reported hit and pinned to the ground by the pursuing dogs and was examined by a vet.


With warnings from wildlife experts that the species is in trouble, it is now more clear than ever that the Irish Hare must be given full protection. Urgently contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and demand that they revoke the 2018-19 hare coursing licence.

Minister Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
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John Fitzgerald
Director, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Phone: +353 (0)1 888 3242


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(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 demand that you revoke the 2018-19 hare netting licence that has shamefully been issued.

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.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,


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 ask him to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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The licence which allows cruel hare coursing

The licence issued by Josepha Madigan which allows coursers to snatch thousands of hares from the wild for use as live lures for greyhounds to chase.

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