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Coursing cruelty continues this weekend in Crohane & Killenaule, Loughrea, Edenderry, Abbeydorney
17 October 2014

Hares will again be running for their lives this weekend as Ireland's cruel hare coursing continues. At Crohane & Killenaule, Loughrea, Edenderry and Abbeydorney, hares that have been forcefully netted from the wild will be used as live bait for greyhounds. See below for information about what happened to hares at these meetings in recent years.


Crohane & Killenaule, Co Tipperary 19/20 October 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance", 2 certified injured and 2 put down by vet.


Loughrea Co Galway 19/20 October 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance". Meanwhile NPWS ranger stated that 11 hares were hit by dogs, while querying 1 hare injured. The coursers claim that 1 hare escaped - "jumped when bringing them down to be released". NPWS ranger stated that there were "discrepancies in the number of hares the club were claiming to be in possession of." NOTE: NPWS censored this report, with some material deleted.

Loughrea, October 22/23, 2011
14 hares hit by muzzled dogs, with 3 put down because of injuries. It was noted that 3 hares were “unaccounted for” on release. According to the ranger’s notes, it was realised on release that a hare was injured, and it was then brought to the vet and euthanised.


Edenderry, Co Offaly 18/19/20 October, 2013
Coursers stated that 5 hares "required assistance" and that these were examined by a vet, who stated that 5 "not suitable" for coursing


Abbeydorney, Co Kerry 18/20 October 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance" and 2 examined by vet. Meanwhile NPWS ranger stated that 3 hares were hit. No vet report? Coursers captured 91 hares, but 90 available for coursing on day 1, leaving 1 hare unaccounted for.

Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry - October 20/21, 2012
Ranger noted 3 hares pinned and tipped on Day 1 and 2 hit on Day 2. Of these, two were injured and had to be put down.

Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry, October 22/23, 2011
6 hares hit by greyhounds, 1 killed.


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Dear Minister,

I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to urge you to revoke the licence you issued to the Irish Coursing Club.

In coursing, hares suffer 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. Every season, hare injuries and deaths are documented.

I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and permanently revoke the licence.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,


Appeal to the Minister for Agriculture

Please appeal to the Minister for Agriculture to remove an exemption for hare coursing from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Simon Coveney, TD
Minister for Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and ask him to back a ban on hare coursing.

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

Contact all your local TDs now. Demand that they urgently push for a ban on hare coursing and all bloodsports. 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 a ban.

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