Hare suffering evidence presented to former Minister
14 September 2007
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has presented evidence of coursing cruelty to former Environment Minister, Dick Roche. The hare suffering occurred during the 2006-07 coursing season following a licence issued by Mr Roche.
"You will recall that last year, you issued a licence to the Irish Coursing Club to net hares from the wild for use as lures in coursing," ICABS stated in a letter to Minister of State Roche this week. "We wish to bring to your attention the instances below of suffering experienced by hares during the subsequent coursing meetings. These include hares squealing in distress with broken limbs."
Among the disturbing incidents uncovered by ICABS in the latest National Parks and Wildlife Service reports and presented to Deputy Roche are:
ACTION ALERT 1
Please contact the current Environment Minister, John Gormley (Green Party), and appeal to him to reconsider his decision to licence hare coursing for the 2007-08 season. Also, urge him to stand firm against the Ward Union and refuse a licence for their abuse of deer.
Minister John Gormley
Dear Minister Gormley,
I am writing to express my great disappointment at your decision to licence hare coursing in Ireland. This licence not only disregards the awful animal cruelty of coursing but also the wishes of the majority of Irish adults who want this barbarism banned. I hope that you will find a way to urgently bring coursing to an end in Ireland.
I understand that you will be considering the licensing of carted deer hunting in the coming weeks. I implore you to stand firm against the Ward Union and refuse this licence.
In its pre-election manifesto, the Green Party pledged to ban blood sports when in government. You now have the opportunity to fulfil this promise and end the suffering of deer and hares.
ACTION ALERT 2
Please contact your local TD and Senator and ask them to make an appeal to Minister Gormley on your behalf.
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