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Clearly injured hare released back to the wild after cruel coursing
14 July 2021

A hare suffering an injury was released back to the wild following a cruel coursing meeting in Liscannor, it has emerged. The release of the injured animal took place in the presence of a National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger the day after the meet.

Sickening documents released this month reveal that the unfortunate hare - one of 68 captured for the cruelty event - was clearly injured.

Details are included in a report filed by a NPWS ranger who was present to monitor the release. “One hare on release was observed to have a dislocated or otherwise injured leg,” the ranger stated. “Its back right leg was splayed out to the side and it moved more awkwardly than the other hares.”

The injured hare may be one of four caught and pinned to the ground by greyhounds during the 2-day coursing meeting. On Day 1 (10 October 2020), while trying to escape from the dogs, the hares were “held by muzzled greyhound(s), retrieved by hare steward and examined by vet”.

According to a report by the coursing club’s vet, four hares were examined for injuries but it does not record any hare injuries. Meanwhile, a form completed by the coursers claims that zero hares “required treatment from vet for injuries”.

ICABS believes that the release of an obviously injured hare contravenes the Animal Health & Welfare Act and it has been reported to the Gardai. We are also renewing our appeal to Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan to refuse any further licences for the capture of thousands of hares for this bloodsport which the vast majority of citizens want banned.

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