Disturbing hare photos prompt call for Garda investigation

27 Jul

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has called for a Garda investigation into a hare coursing-related incident captured by a photographer documenting the lives of Irish travellers.

In a collection of images displayed on his website, photographer Stephen Gerard Kelly includes one of a man holding up a hare which he is about to release for dogs to chase. The caption on the photo states: “Hare coursing is a popular past time among Irish Travellers. Tommy (28), an Irish Traveller, holds a large hare while his son prepares the dogs to chase the hare once released.”

In a second gruesome image, “a lurcher eats the hare it caught”.

As hare coursing without a licence is prohibited under the Wildlife Act, ICABS has also brought the sickening images to the attention of the National Parks and Wildlife Service and asked them to investigate.

The two images can be viewed at


or in the “Irish Travellers” gallery on the photographer’s website


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