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Appeal for poll to be pulled
23 March 2012

ICABS has called on to pull an online poll after it emerged that coursers are being urged to distort the result by cheating. A greyhound-related website has displayed instructions on how to vote multiple times, with one individual admitting to having cast at least ten votes.

The cheating revelations must lead to the "Should hare coursing be banned?" poll being closed and the result declared invalid, we stated in an email to

We drew the news website's attention to posts on a greyhound and coursing forum, including one which says "Lads, If you go to your start menu and hit control panel, then hit internet options and hit delete cookies, you will then be able to vote again." Another contributor boasts that he "voted about 10 times by deleting the cookies".

Journal Media has been encouraged to put in place measures to ensure that in its future polls, only one vote per person is permitted.

Scientific polls conducted in Ireland over the past four decades have repeatedly confirmed that a majority are opposed to hare coursing. A Sunday Independent poll, for example, showed that eight in ten want the blood sport banned.

Opinion Poll: Please vote YES for a ban on coursing
15 March 2012

Please vote in the opinion poll which asks "Should hare coursing be banned?" If you are one of the majority opposed to hare coursing please vote "YES". Vote Now


Contact all your local TDs now. Demand that they urgently intervene to remove the coursing and hunting exemptions from the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012.

Find out the names of your TDs and their email addresses.

If you prefer to post a letter to your TDs, address your correspondence to:
Dáil Éireann
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2.

Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Ask them to show compassion for foxes and hares and use the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012 as an opportunity to finally ban cruel coursing and foxhunting.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
Fax: 01-6764048

An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Iveagh House,
80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)
Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400

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