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Sinn Fein asked to change its pro-coursing stance
05 August 2011

ICABS is calling on Sinn Fein to reverse its pro-coursing stance and stop defending an activity that causes suffering and death to the Irish Hare.

On BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback show this week, a Sinn Fein representative tried to defend the party's policy. After listening to the show below, please respond to our action alert.


Previous to 2010, Sinn Fein had an anti-coursing policy. Many within the party are against coursing. Urge the party to reinstate its previous policy, in line with the majority view that this cruel activity should be outlawed.

Contact details for Sinn Fein:

Tel: (353) 1 8726100 / 8726932
OR 02890 347350

(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Dear Sinn Fein,

I am one of the majority of Irish citizens who want hare coursing outlawed. I find your party's current pro-coursing stance unacceptable. I urge you to reverse it and give your backing to a ban on this deplorable animal cruelty.

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.

Yours sincerely,


More information about hare coursing

Coursing: Leaflet | Photos | Videos | Petition

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