Letters to Editor highlight hare coursing cruelty

22 Feb

Two letters to the editor in the Irish Examiner highlight the cruelty of hare coursing and challenge the media’s coverage of the bloodsport…

Blatant promotion of animal abuse
Irish Examiner, 2nd February 2017

RTÉ 1’s coverage of live hare coursing at the ICC Clonmel Finals on January 29 was blatant promotion of a sick animal abuse.

Conflicting reports said there were 202 courses with no hares killed, not killed but terrorised, confined, injected, ear-tagged and chased for their lives.

It later said one didn’t get away, this means the animal was injured, hit on the head with a lump of wood , a ‘priest’ as it’s called. Killed by coursing staff.

As the ICC said, the coursing was immune to any downturns, the sport of the psychotic animal abusers was seen to most normal people as being akin to paedophilia.

This biased reporting left out the kill of course as is normal when bloodsports are aired. In the footage, one of the greyhounds muzzled for the chase in an effort to sanitise the sport, landed roughly with a possible neck injury.

As the dogs cannot in most cases catch the hare due to the muzzle, they regularly sustain injuries also. Muzzles come off sometimes due to the tumbles of the two greyhounds chasing and the hares are killed or pulled in a tug of war by the two dogs.

Please highlight this injustice and animal violation that is kept alive by the majority of our indifferent politicians.

Bernie Wright
Association of Hunt Saboteurs
Alliance for Animal Rights [AFAR]
Dublin, PO Box 4734
Coursing is no Olympics
Irish Examiner, 2nd February 2017

Coursing fans regard the three-day National Meeting in Clonmel as the “Olympics” of their sport.

I beg to differ. Animal baiting has no place in the real Olympics.

Sport is about fair competition. Subjecting a hare to the terror possibly agonising injury of a contrive chase is not sport; any more than pitting Katie Taylor against a punch-bag would amount to an equal contest.

When hare coursing is eventually banned in Ireland, as it has been in many other countries, people will wonder 1) why it took so long to protect the inoffensive Irish Hare from this form of animal cruelty and 2) how some newspapers could see fit cover it in their sports pages and journalists could lower themselves to writing colour-pieces about one of the vilest blood sports on earth.

We don’t see sporting coverage of cock fighting, dog fighting, or badger baiting, partly because they are illegal, but also because pitting animals against each other to fight or inflict injury or death does not deserve such coverage or the kind of eulogising accorded this week to hare coursing.

Google “hare coursing” under news and see what comes up… page after page of damning reports from jurisdictions where it is a criminal offence, with a handful of glowing reports from Ireland, where the practice still constitutes an insult to the name of sport and a monument to lazy journalism.

Mary B Hayes
Lismore Lawns


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