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Abuse of Greyhounds: Joint Committee on Agriculture
09 July 2019

The Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine will today focus on "Recent media reports on abuse of greyhounds", with questions to representatives from the Irish Greyhound Board and Irish Coursing Club. Watch Live between 3.30pm and 4pm today 9th July 2019 and please respond to our "Ban Hare Coursing and Greyhound Racing" action alerts.

You can also watch live on the Oireachtas website

The "RTE Investigates Greyhounds Running for Their Lives" programme highlighted the appalling abuse and killing of greyhounds - for example, 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year because they are too slow to win races. Others are injured, doped, dumped, mutilated and exported to hellholes in Pakistan and China - a country where greyhounds are hacked to death, boiled alive and hung on hooks at meat markets.

Watch on the RTE Player

or on Youtube


Join us in demanding an immediate and permanent end to the government’s massive grants to the greyhound industry (quarter of a billion euros since 2001, including €16.8 million for 2019). Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and all your local politicians now.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Tweet to: @LeoVaradkar
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
Leave a comment on Facebook:
Tweet to @Paschald

Sign our petition and contact all TDs now

Email “I support an end to all state funding to the cruel greyhound industry and a ban on hare coursing” to all Fine Gael TDs;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Patrick.O';;;;;;

Email “I support an end to all state funding to the cruel greyhound industry and a ban on hare coursing” to all Fianna Fáil TDs;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

Visit the Oireachtas website for more telephone numbers and other contact details for TDs


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
Leave a comment on Facebook:
Tweet to: @josephamadigan and @DeptAHG

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 stop licensing this cruel blood sport.

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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Express your support for a ban on coursing. Sign and share the petitions

Ireland: Ban cruel hare coursing

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland

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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