Hare coursers intimidated and threatened ICABS observer

7 Jan

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Hare coursers intimidated and threatened an Irish Council Against Blood Sports observer who was videoing hares being used as live bait for greyhounds on the GAA pitch right next to Millstreet Town Park, Co. Cork, yesterday.

The coursers claimed that they had jurisdiction over the public park, and that filming their cruel animal abuse was prohibited. The Gardai were called to the scene, and they confirmed that photography was indeed permissible in a public place, but the coursers insisted that the Gardai were wrong, and continued to harass and prevent the ICABS observer from filming.

Hare coursers clearly don’t want evidence of their barbarity publicised, and will resort to intimidation, thuggery and violence. ICABS observers have been assaulted, had a camera snatched, and last October, a balaclava-clad thug tried to sieze a camera as we were filming from the public road a distance from a coursing meeting at Ballinagar, Co. Offaly.

“Hare coursing taking place in any venue in this country in this day and age is absolutely shocking, but to see timid, defenceless hares running for their lives in front of greyhounds on a GAA pitch is shameful,” said Aideen Yourell, spokesperson, Irish Council Against Blood Sports, who added that obviously the Millstreet GAA condone and endorse this animal abuse, which send out a dreadful message to its members, players and supporters.

ACTION ALERT

Please join us in a fresh appeal to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Irish Government to put in place a permanent ban on hare coursing.

Email “Stop the cruelty – Ban hare coursing NOW” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Tweet to: @campaignforLeo
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/

Contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and demand an immediate withdrawal of the current coursing licence.

Josepha Madigan TD
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie, ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie, wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie, Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://facebook.com/JosephaMadiganFG
Tweet to: @josephamadigan

Contact your local TDs and urge them to back a ban on hare coursing. 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

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