Hares terrorised, hit and mauled at Limerick coursing meet
02 March 2012
Footage obtained by ICABS at a coursing meeting in County Limerick shows hares desperately trying to escape from greyhounds. In a series of videos, we expose the continuing cruelty of coursing - hares are chased, hit and mauled. They are likely to have suffered life-threatening internal injuries.
We witnessed injured hares being carried off the field - this indicates that the creatures are no longer able to walk or run, often resulting in the creatures dying or being destroyed.
The footage was filmed during the Irish Cup coursing meet which was held at Limerick Racecourse at the end of February. Irish Council Against Blood Sports monitors were present for the three days of this barbaric activity, which is outlawed in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We saw hares running in terror before greyhounds. There were at least eight incidents where hares were hit by the dogs, pinned and mauled.
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:
Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Ask them to back a ban on hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.
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
Videos: Coursing Cruelty
How to eliminate the hare from coursing
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