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Trapped: Terrorised hares packed into wooden box
26 January 2011

Hares tightly packed into a wooden box at an Irish coursing meeting. This disturbing image is a reminder that the chasing of hares by greyhounds and the desperate flight for life are only part of the cruelty of coursing.

After being frightened out of their habitats and chased into nets, the hares are thrown into boxes like this one, transported to the coursing field and kept in coursing compounds for months.

The stress of being taken out of their natural environment, of being kept in proximity to other hares, of being manhandled and transported all compromise the hares chances of survival.

The hares seen here are at the end of a long ordeal. They have sadly experienced all of the above and are awaiting the journey in their cramped boxes to a field where they will be returned to the wild.

They may have survived the coursing abuse but they have suffered for it. Once they dash out of their prisons to freedom, they face an uncertain future. Capture myopathy, which hares are prone to, claims victims days, weeks and months after the conclusion of coursing.

Please join our calls for a ban on this cruel activity. Contact the Environment Minister now and urge him to Ban Hare Coursing.


Urge Environment Minister, Éamon Ó Cuîv, to ban coursing.

Éamon Ó Cuîv,
Department Of The Environment
Custom House, Dublin 1.
Tel: 01 888 2403. Fax: 01 878 8640.

Peaceful protest against coursing: February 2nd
Please join the ICABS/ARAN peaceful demonstration against hare coursing on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011. The protest will take place outside Powerstown Park, Clonmel, Co Tipperary from 12 noon until around 2pm. Please make a very special effort to attend and demonstrate your opposition to this cruel activity. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you there. More

Campaign Videos: Ban Coursing in Ireland

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Slideshow: the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

Coursing licences 2010-2011

Coursing Licences 2010-11

Further Reading
The Facts About Hare Coursing
Stress and Capture Myopathy in Hares
Irish Hare: "conservation status is poor"
Hares and rabbits factsheet

More information about hare coursing

Coursing: Leaflet | Photos | Videos | Petition

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