Organised Animal Cruelty in Millstreet Town Park (Cork)

6 Jan

Hares were forced to run for their lives at a shameful display of animal cruelty in Millstreet, County Cork on Friday, January 2nd.

Irish Council Against Blood Sports monitors were present at Millstreet Town Park to witness the first of a two-day coursing meeting which saw dozens of hares being used as live bait for dogs.

Pairs of greyhounds were unleashed close to the goalposts of the park’s GAA pitch to chase down the terrorized hares. Video footage filmed by ICABS shows the creatures desperately trying to escape.

The cruelty event attracted just 150 or so people – a low attendance which reflects dwindling support for the activity which a majority of Irish people want outlawed. It is already illegal in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

The Millstreet coursers clearly didn’t want the plight of the hares being recorded. Several tried to stop the filming of their disgusting “sport”. “Why don’t you go somewhere else?” a man identifying himself as a member of Millstreet Town Park Committee asked, before adding: “Because you’d have the s**t kicked out of you.”

Petitions calling for an end to cruel hare coursing in Millstreet Town Park have been signed by thousands of people in Ireland and around the world.

The calls are being supported by locals who are not only opposed to the cruelty but who strongly object to a large portion of their park being taken over by coursers in the weeks leading up to the meeting. There are also fears locally that the hosting of animal cruelty in the town park damages Millstreet’s tourism potential.

Please join us as we push for an end to coursing in Millstreet and around Ireland.


Sign the petitions:

Stop cruel hare coursing in Millstreet Town Park

Stop Live Hare Coursing 2-Day Event In Millstreet Public Town Park, County Cork

Urge Millstreet-based politician, Aine Collins TD, to act to end cruel hare coursing in Millstreet Town Park

Aine Collins TD
Clara Business Centre.
Main Street, Millstreet, Co. Cork
Telephone: +353 (0)29-71845

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

Email “Stop the cruelty. Revoke the hare coursing licence” to
Tel: (01) 631 3802 or (01) 631 3800
Leave a comment on Facebook –
Tweet to Heather Humphreys: @HHumphreysFG

(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Dear Minister,

I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to urge you to revoke the licence you issued to the Irish Coursing Club.

In coursing, hares suffer at all stages – during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity and during the coursing meetings where they run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries recorded are broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips. Every season, hare injuries and deaths are documented.

I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and permanently revoke the licence.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,


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.

Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Urgently contact 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: 01-6194020
Fax: 01-6764048

Contact all your local TDs now. Demand that they urgently push for a ban on hare coursing and all bloodsports. 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.


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