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Cruel coursing: Hare desperately jumps into the air to escape
02 May 2019

A hare desperately jumped into the air in an attempt to escape from greyhounds during a shameful coursing meeting in Sevenhouses, County Kilkenny. At the bloodsport event, held in January, 4 hares died.

Another video captures the moment a hare is hit and mauled into the ground by greyhounds. Coursers can be seen running in and pulling the hare from the dogs before the unfortunate animal is carried off the field.

The coursers claimed that no hares were injured and that the four hares who lost their lives “died from natural causes as confirmed by vet”.

However, three days after this claim, a report submitted by the coursing club’s vet does not acknowledge any hare deaths - “natural” or otherwise. According to the veterinary report, 6 hares were examined for injuries, no hares were confirmed injured and no hares died from injuries.

In stark contrast, a National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger who was monitoring the cruelty event reported that on the first day of the 3-day event, two hares were hit and “injured by dogs” and “died from injuries”, while on Days 2 and 3, another two hares suffered injuries and died -

Contrary to the ranger’s observation that there were 85 hares at the start of Day 1, 83 hares at the start of Day 2 (due to the two hare deaths) and 82 hares at the start of Day 3 (due to the third hare death the previous day), both the coursers and their vet claimed in their reports that there were 85 hares at the start of every day.

It is time for Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to stop licensing this cruel bloodsport. Please respond to our action alert below and join us in demanding a long overdue ban on coursing.


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 and end all forms of hare persecution.

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


See the cruelty of hare coursing on our Youtube channel

(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
Tweet to: @LeoVaradkar
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Ireland: Ban cruel hare coursing

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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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