Lactating Irish hare killed by lurcher: Turkish hunter convicted and fined

26 May

A Turkish man has been convicted and fined after his lurcher killed a lactating Irish hare.
 
On the Sean O’Rourke Show on RTE Radio 1 (25th May 2016), it was revealed that the hare was killed while the man was out hunting. The lactating hare’s dependent leverets would almost certainly have died too when she didn’t return.
 
In an interview conducted by Paddy O’Gorman outside Longford District Court, the hunter’s partner said that a National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger saw him putting the hare into his car.
 
“He has to pay 100 euro every month for the next six months to save him going to jail,” she said.
 
Despite being a so-called protected species, the hare is one of Ireland’s most persecuted species. As well as being illegally targeted by hunters, hares are also legally shot and chased/killed by packs of hounds. Thousands are also captured from the wild every year – with a licence from Minister Heather Humphreys – and used as live bait for greyhounds to chase during hare coursing meetings around the country. Every season, hares are injured and killed during coursing; those who survive the ordeal and are released back to the wild are at risk of later dying from the stress-related condition known as capture myopathy.
 
ACTION ALERT
 
Get in touch with all your local TDs now and urge them to back a ban on hare coursing, hare hunting and hare shooting.
 
Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem
 
Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889.
 
Express your support for a ban on coursing. Sign and share the petition – Stop Licensing Cruel Hare Coursing
 
Urge Minister Heather Humphreys to show compassion for the persecuted Irish Hare and end the hunting, coursing and shooting of the species.
 
Tel: (01) 631 3802 or (01) 631 3800
Leave a comment on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/heather.humphreysfg
Tweet to Heather Humphreys: @HHumphreysFG
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