Every year in Ireland, thousands of hares are violently netted from the wild and used as lures for greyhounds in "hare coursing". These timid, delicate creatures suffer the fear and stress of running for their lives. Those hit by the muzzled greyhounds sustain painful and life-threatening injuries. Here is a small sample of the victims of this cruel activity (as revealed in official reports from the National Parks and Wildlife Service). Opinion polls have shown that a majority of Irish people want hare coursing banned - as it already is in our neighbouring jurisdictions of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.
Sign anti-coursing petititions
Petition to Ban horrific Hare Coursing Cruelty in Ireland http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-to-ban-horrific-hare-coursing-cruelty-in-ireland
Stop sponsoring hare coursing in Ireland http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-sponsoring-hare-coursing-in-ireland#
Ask Minister Deenihan to show compassion and revoke the 2013-14 coursing licence he issued.
Jimmy Deenihan, TD
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 631 3804
Fax: (01) 661 1201
18A The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry
In 2003, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told ICABS: "I am opposed to the practice of live hare coursing." Today, join us in urging him to intervene to stop another season of coursing.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
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 a ban on coursing:
Find out the name of your TDs and their email addresses... http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=31&disp=consthttp://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?fn=/documents/Members_emails/document1.htm
Write to your TDs at: