Hare Preservation Trust condemns government’s licensing of coursing

4 Nov

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The Hare preservation Trust has criticised the Irish Government’s licensing of cruel hare coursing.

The group described as “disturbing and puzzling” the continued licensing of an “horrific and extremely detrimental experience” to Irish Hares.

Hare Preservation Trust spokesperson, John Rimington BSc, stated: “In England and Wales this primitive and senselessly immature so-called ‘sport’ has been illegal since 2005 and it does unfortunately reflect adversely on the wisdom of your administration that it should continue on your soil.”

“The poor outnumbered hare, even if the pursuing dogs are muzzled, often sustains distressing and potentially fatal injuries, which is of no consequence to the callous individuals who organise these outdated events,” he stated in a letter to Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney. “This is in addition to the stress of originally netting and capturing the hares for transmission to the event, a trauma which has been estimated to result in a 50 per cent mortality rate amongst the hares even before the actual coursing has started.”

He went on to highlight the vulnerability of coursed hares to stress myopathy, saying it produces a lingering and painful end for this vulnerable animal, with death occurring within hours or sometimes days of the onset.

“There is no intelligent logic to justify this wanton and needless abuse of an inoffensive sentient creature,” Mr Rimington added. “Everyone associated with it is degraded in terms of rational humanity in what is a supposedly modern and civilised society.”

Find out more about the work of the Hare Preservation Trust at


Express your support for a ban on coursing. Sign a petition:

Stop Licensing Hare Coursing

Save Irish hares from cruel coursing

Urge the Arts and Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys to show compassion for the persecuted Irish Hare and withdraw the coursing licence she issued.

Email “Stop the cruelty. Ban Hare Coursing” to Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie,ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie,taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie,joan.burton@oireachtas.ie,wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie,Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie

Phone the Minister’s Office: +353 (0)1 631 3800

Please Leave a comment Heather Humphreys’ Facebook page, asking her to show compassion for hares and revoke the licence https://www.facebook.com/heather.humphreysfg

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.

Email: Simon.Coveney@oireachtas.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1 607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Tweet “Ban Coursing” to @simoncoveney

Urgently contact Prime Minister 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: +353 (0)1 619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie


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