The company which provided official timing for the Dublin City Marathon say they are proud to be involved in hare coursing.
On its website, Timing Ireland states: “For the 4th time running, Timing Ireland has timed the Clonmel Greyhound Coursing at Powerstown Park Racecourse, Co. Tipperary. The 89th National Coursing was a 3 day long event, taking place on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd of February. We were proud to once again be involved in the sport which has grown incredibly over the last few years. Well done to all the trainers & patrons who came to the event.”
Elsewhere on its site, the Malahide-based “sports technology” company offers “hare coursing systems” – http://www.timingireland.com/Greyhound_timing_systems/Hare_Coursing_Systems Alongside images of hares running for their lives, it states: “We at Timing Ireland have the perfect greyhound system for you.”
Please join us in urging Timing Ireland to show compassion for the hares used as live bait for greyhounds and disassociate from hare coursing.
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Videos showing the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland
The victims of hare coursing during the 2013-14 season
The victims of coursing
All hares used in coursing are victims and they all suffer the fear and stress of being violently snatched from their habitats, thrown into crates, transported to coursing compounds and kept in captivity for months. Among the hare injuries and deaths recorded are:
A hare “squealing in distress” after being caught by a muzzled dog
A hare suffering with “a badly broken hind leg”
A hare “carrying a hind leg”
A hare with “a damaged hind toe”
A coursed hare with a “badly broken hind leg [which] seemed to be in great distress”
A hare in agony in a coursing enclosure with its leg “almost completely broken off”.
A hare destroyed by a vet after it was found suffering with a dislocated hip
A hare that died “from knocks sustained during coursing”
A hare released back into the wild with a “damaged leg” that “could be broken”
A hare found dead in a coursing compound after succumbing to pneumonia.
A vet treated three hares for “minor abrasions” and “witnessed three other hares that appeared to die after coursing without any outward signs of injury. One of these was sent to the local regional veterinary laboratory. Post-mortem findings included internal adhesions, suggestive of an old condition.”
Seven hares badly hit by greyhounds, with three dying as a result of the injuries.
An injured hare with “marks on its back and bare areas”.
Two hares found dead in a coursing club paddock. An autopsy showed that one died from well established pneumonia while the other died from so-called “natural causes”. Another died “during transportation from Loughrea to Westport.”
13 hares hit by dogs and 1 put down because of injuries and 3 died from injuries. Veterinary opinion was that they died “from knocks sustained during coursing the previous day.”