Taoiseach and Tanaiste opposed to coursing
09 February 2012
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore to back a ban on coursing. Both have previously expressed their opposition to the bloodsport.
In an email to ICABS in July 2003, the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny stated "I am opposed to the practice of live hare coursing."
Tanaiste and Labour Party leader, Eamon Gilmore is also anti-coursing. He is on record as saying: "I am opposed to the blood sports of badger baiting, cock fighting, dog fighting, hare coursing and stag hunting." He added that he and his then party, Democratic Left, "strongly believes in protecting our wildlife" and that they are "very concerned about the cruelty and impact on the various species of so-called blood sports."
We are calling on both men to stay true to their beliefs and back a ban on the cruel activity.
"You are among the compassionate majority of Irish people opposed to coursing," we told them. "With the activity now illegal in Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, 2012 is the ideal moment in history for the Labour/Fine Gael Government to halt this cruelty and give permanent protection to the Irish Hare."
Contact Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore now. Ask them to back a ban on hare coursing.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street,
An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)
Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400
Contact all your local TDs now. Tell them you are one of the majority who want coursing banned. Remind them that coursing is already illegal in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Urge them to respect the wishes of the majority of the electorate and back the anti-coursing bill being introduced by Maureen O'Sullivan, TD and Clare Daly, TD.
If you prefer to post a letter to your TDs, address your correspondence to:
How to eliminate the hare from coursing
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