Travellers’ rights organisation, Pavee Point, has condemned hare coursing as a “cruel activity which we oppose”.
In a tweet to ICABS today, Pavee Point stated: “Hare coursing is NOT a popular past time among Travellers.”
This was in response to an ICABS message highlighting a disturbing hare coursing-related incident captured by a photographer documenting the lives of Irish travellers.
In an “Irish Travellers” 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”.
The two images can be viewed at
or in the “Irish Travellers” gallery on the photographer’s website
We thank Pavee Point for expressing opposition to cruel hare coursing.