Paddy Power asked to disassociate from blood sport
20 January 2006
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has urged the Paddy Power company to disassociate from hare coursing after learning that their website is currently accepting bets on the blood sport. The company has been told that hares continue to suffer and die during coursing.
ICABS has also invited company management to view video footage on our website which shows hares being battered into the ground by coursing greyhounds.
"According to official statistics from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, not a coursing season goes by without hares being injured and killed," we stated, "Coursing is inherently cruel from beginning to end and the act of snatching defenceless hares from their natural habitat for use as lures before dogs is utterly and indefensibly cruel."
Also highlighted to the Tallaght-based company was that coursing is now illegal in England, Scotland and Wales, has been stopped in Northern Ireland and is opposed by an 80 per cent majority of people in the Republic of Ireland.
Our hope is that Paddy Power will show compassion for the Irish Hare and stop associating with an activity which subjects this timid and fragile creature to blood sport abuse.
Please contact Paddy Power and ask them to stop accepting bets on coursing. Tell them that it is very disappointing that they are associating with a form of animal cruelty which 80 per cent of Irish people want outlawed.
Mr Patrick Kennedy
Tel: +353 (0)1 4045912
Dear Mr Kennedy,
I am writing to appeal to you as CEO of Paddy Power Plc to act to disassociate your company from the blood sport of live hare coursing.
I find it disappointing that Paddy Power is one of the very last remaining companies which choose to have anything to do with this cruel activity.
I call on Paddy Power plc to please stop accepting bets on hare coursing and to remove coursing content from your website.
I make this appeal as one of the 80 per cent majority of Irish people who want our government to follow the example of England, Scotland and Wales and ban this barbaric activity.
I very much hope that your company can show compassion and disassociate from coursing and I look forward to hearing from you in this regard.
Photos: Coursing Cruelty
Coursing: More Information
Photo: Captive hares in coursing enclosure - 18 November 2005
Coursing fixtures list revealed - 13 October 2005
Coursers get licence for 2005-06 season - 14 September 2005
Is Ireland in breach of EU Habitats Directive? - 07 July 2005
Hares and Rabbits Fact Sheet - 24 June 2005
Animal Voice - June 2005
The Impact of Enclosed Hare Coursing on Irish hares - 28 April 2005
Species Action Plan - 31 March 2005
National Survey of Hares
Stress and Capture Myopathy in Hares - 28 January 2005
Coursing: Photos and Video
For photos and video clips showing the cruelty of coursing, please visit our Ban Hare Coursing website.