|ICABS Action Alerts|
Ask Millstreet to stop coursing in town park
Photos from the Millstreet coursing meeting show hares desperately running for their lives. In these disturbing scenes, there is no mistaking the fear and stress of the hares as they try to escape a mauling from the greyhounds bearing down on them.
According to National Parks documents obtained by ICABS, 3 hares were hit during the December 2011 Millstreet meeting. Three hares were dead at end of coursing and a wildlife ranger noted that "a number of hares (at least 3, probably more) had conjunctivitis, as confirmed by Vet." At least 9 hares were found to be suffering foot injuries.
The hosting of this animal cruelty in Millstreet's Town Park represents a major black mark against a town that has so many positive attractions and associations. ICABS is calling on the town park committee to show compassion for the hares and permanently end the hosting of coursing there.
Contact the Millstreet Town Park Chairman, William O’Leary (Tel: 029–71171) and urge him to prohibit any further coursing from taking place in the town park.
Video: The cruelty of coursing in Ireland
Witness the cruelty of hare coursing on the ICABS Youtube Channel