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Call on Clonmel Park Hotel to stop publicising cruel hare coursing
22 January 2014

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has renewed its appeal to the Clonmel Park Hotel in County Tipperary to stop publicising hare coursing. On its website, the hotel presents the local coursing cruelty festival as a "sporting event" and those who attend it as "sports people".

 ACTION ALERT 

Appeal to the Clonmel Park Hotel to stop publicising the Clonmel hare coursing cruelty festival on its website.

Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
Tel: +353 52 6188700
Email: info@clonmelparkhotel.com
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A Clonmel Park Hotel advert in the coursing finals booklet. The ad "welcomes all visitors to the National Coursing Meeting 2014" and says that there will be a "coursing video shown nightly" at the hotel.


An extract from the Clonmel Park Hotel website.

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Clonmel hotel publicises cruelty fest as a "sporting event"
31 July 2012

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has renewed its appeal to the Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel in County Tipperary to stop publicising hare coursing. On its website, the hotel presents the local coursing cruelty festival as a "sporting event" and those who attend it as "sports people".

"Clonmel is noted in greyhound circles for being the home of the annual National Hare Coursing Meeting in early February," a notice on the hotel's Attractions & Events page outlines. "Included in this event is the prestigious Ladies' International Open Meeting and the coursing derby."

The hotel has previously been urged to disassociate from coursing. In an advert placed in a coursing booklet, the hotel extended a "welcome to all visitors to the national coursing meeting". The advert also highlighted that the hotel is "just 5 minutes drive from the coursing grounds" and that a coursing video was to be shown nightly at the hotel.

Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel is part of the Brennan Hotels Group. Earlier this month, ICABS told management that at this year's Sevenhouses coursing meeting, 12 hares were hit by greyhounds, 1 hare was killed, 4 hares were injured and 1 hare was put down because of injuries. Kilkenny's Springhill Court hotel, which is also part of the Brennan group, had stated in a coursing booklet advert: "the best of luck to Sevenhouses coursing club".

"It is incredible that a modern hotel chain unashamedly associates with an animal cruelty activity which causes injury and death to hares," we stated in an email to the company. "It is surprising that you don't take into consideration the fact that businesses which back animal cruelty risk being shunned by potential customers among the majority who oppose bloodsports."


Extracts from the hotel's website in which coursing is described as a "sporting event"

 ACTION ALERT 

Appeal to the Brennan Hotels Group to disassociate its hotels from hare coursing. State that you are one of the majority who oppose this cruel activity and want it banned. Send a copy of your correspondence to the manager of Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel.

Sales and Marketing Director
Brennan Hotels Group
Email Via: www.brennanhotels.com/form/contact

Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Tel: +353 52 6188700
Email: info@clonmelparkhotel.com
Leave a comment on the Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure and Spa Hotel Facebook Page

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am contacting you to register my disgust at the Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure and Spa Hotel's for publicising cruel hare coursing on its website - http://www.clonmelparkhotel.com/clonmel.htm

As you may be aware, hares used in coursing are snatched from their habitats, kept in captivity for months and forced to run for their lives in front of greyhounds. They suffer fear, stress and injuries such as broken bones. Every coursing season, hares die painful deaths in this horrendous activity.

Please show compassion for Ireland's persecuted hare species and stop publicising cruel coursing on your website.

I eagerly await your reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

Stop publicising coursing: Renewed appeal to Clonmel Park Hotel
22 April 2008

ICABS has renewed its appeal to the Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel in County Tipperary to stop publicising hare coursing. On its website, the hotel presents the local coursing cruelty festival as a "sporting event".

"Clonmel is noted in greyhound circles for being the home of the annual National Hare Coursing Meeting in early February," a notice on the hotel's Attractions & Events page outlines. "Included in this event is the prestigious Ladies' International Open Meeting and the coursing derby."

The hotel has previously been urged to disassociate from coursing. In an advert placed in the events booklet for the 2008 coursing finals, the hotel extended a "welcome to all visitors to the national coursing meeting". The advert also highlighted that the hotel is "just 5 minutes drive from the coursing grounds" and that a coursing video was to be shown nightly at the hotel.

 ACTION ALERT 

Appeal to the Clonmel Park Hotel to stop publicising coursing on its website. State that you are one of the majority who oppose this cruel activity and want it banned.

Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Tel: +353 52 6188700
Email: info@clonmelparkhotel.com

Dear Manager,

I am contacting you to register my great disappointment that your hotel is publicising the cruel blood sport of hare coursing on your website - http://www.clonmelparkhotel.com/clonmel.htm

As you may be aware, hares are snatched from their habitats, kept in captivity for months and forced to run for their lives in front of greyhounds. They suffer fear, stress and injuries such as broken bones. Hares continue to die painful deaths in this horrendous activity.

I ask you to please show compassion for Ireland's persecuted hare species and stop publicising coursing on your website.

Thank you. I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

Hotel asked to disassociate from coursing
22 April 2008

The manager of the Clonmel Park Hotel in County Tipperary has been asked by ICABS to disassociate from a cruel blood sport. In an advert placed in the events booklet for this year's coursing finals, the hotel extended a "welcome to all visitors to the national coursing meeting".

The advert also highlighted that the hotel is "just 5 minutes drive from the coursing grounds" and that a coursing video was to be shown nightly at the hotel.

Asking manager, Michael Boyle, to give a commitment that the hotel would disassociate from coursing and ensure that no further ads are placed in coursing publications, ICABS stressed that "a majority of Irish people (and many millions around the world) are opposed to this horrendous blood sport".

Please join us in our appeal to the Clonmel Park Hotel by taking part in our action alert below.

Clonmel Park Hotel advert displaying a welcome message to visitors to the coursing meeting
The Clonmel Park Hotel advert which appeared in the programme for the 2008 coursing finals in Clonmel. ICABS has asked the hotel to disassociate from the blood sport.

extract from advert
An extract from the Clonmel Park Hotel's advert in the coursing booklet.

Video: Coursing cruelty

Photos: Coursing cruelty

Coursing cruelty
A terrified hare is knocked off its feet by a muzzled greyhound during the 2008 coursing finals at Clonmel. The fate of this hare is unknown but records show that hares hit by dogs can suffer broken bones and other internal injuries.

Coursing cruelty
A hare runs for dear life during the 2008 Boylesports coursing derby in Clonmel.

Hare Coursing Gallery - Image 4
Another victim in coursing. This hare is seen being violently mauled into the ground by a greyhound. Its internal injuries are likely to be severe.

Hare Coursing Gallery - Image 1
A hare is mauled into the ground by a muzzled greyhound during a coursing meeting. This is one of the thousands of hares cruelly captured in the Irish countryside every year for use in the blood sport.

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