The company that produces hand-cooked Tipperary crisps has been blasted for conveying “best wishes” to hare coursers.
O’Donnell’s had an advert in a booklet for a coursing meeting last weekend in which was stated: “Best wishes to Clonmel & Kilsheelan and Clonmel Open Coursing Clubs from O’Donnell’s. Ed O’Donnell, Seskin Farm, Kilsheelan.”
“It is very surprising that in 2015, any company would choose to tarnish its image by associating with animal cruelty,” ICABS stated in a message to O’Donnell’s. “Particularly as hare coursing is an internationally condemned activity, is opposed by a majority of people in Ireland and is illegal in all our neighbouring jurisdictions (Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales).”
Hare coursing is one of Ireland’s worst forms of cruelty to animals – hares are snatched from the wild in nets, kept in captivity for weeks and used as live lures for greyhounds to chase. They suffer the fear and stress of running for their lives. Those hit by the dogs may be killed or suffer painful injuries such as broken bones and dislocated hips. O’Donnell’s has been told that every coursing season, official monitoring documents reveal the hare injuries and deaths that occur.
“We are sure that the majority of O’Donnell’s customers in the Republic and Northern Ireland would disapprove of your association with hare coursing,” we added. “We appeal to your company to show compassion for the persecuted Irish hare and disassociate from coursing.”
Complain to O’Donnell’s about the coursing booklet advert and the best wishes message to coursers. If their association with coursing would make you choose another crisp brand, point this out in your correspondence.
Kilsheelan, County Tipperary
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