Pavee Point condemns hare coursing as a “cruel activity which we oppose”

28 Jul

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

http://socialdocumentary.net/exhibit/Stephen_Gerard_Kelly/3309#.V5jpAE3taCs.twitter

or in the “Irish Travellers” gallery on the photographer’s website
http://stephengerardkelly.com/irish-travellers/

We thank Pavee Point for expressing opposition to cruel hare coursing.

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