Ireland’s cruel hare coursing continues this weekend

4 Oct
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Hares will once again be running for their lives tomorrow and over the weekend as Ireland’s cruel coursing continues.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, dozens of hares will be terrorised by unleashed dogs at a coursing meeting in Glin, Co Limerick.
At the Glin coursing grounds last year, three hares were hit by greyhounds during coursing and trials. One of the hares was pinned to the ground and examined for injuries by a vet. In a report, the coursing club’s vet maintained that the captured hares – cruelly snatched from the wild, manhandled, kept in unnatural captivity and forced to desperately run up a field from pairs of dogs – were “receiving appropriate care and attention”.
In a previous year at Glin, pregnant hares who gave birth were among the hares held captive – according to a National Parks and Wildlife Service document obtained by ICABS, five leverets were born in the “escape” area of the Glin coursing compound.
The NPWS report says that the rangers were unable to identify the mothers of the leverets and so they “organised care for and release of the 5 leverets”. Pregnant hares giving birth at a bloodsport venue adds to concerns about the plight of hares used in this shameful activity. There are not only fears for the welfare of leverets born in captivity but also those left orphaned in the wild when their mothers are cruelly netted for use in coursing. These vulnerable, dependent creatures are almost certainly doomed to die without their mothers.
Records show that at past Glin coursing meetings, hares have “required assistance” (a euphemism for hares being struck and mauled by the dogs) and killed. ICABS members who monitored a Glin coursing meet witnessed hares mauled into the ground and a greyhound suffering a broken leg.
Also this weekend, cruel coursing will take place at Ennis Clarecastle in County Clare. A total of 59 hares were captured for last year’s Ennis Clarecastle coursing meeting. Three hares were hit and pinned to the ground by the dogs – two died from their injuries and a third injured hare was destroyed by the coursing club vet. At the 2016 meet, 5 hares were hit by the muzzled dogs and one was examined for injuries. Here too, pregnant hares were among the captured hares.
The previous year, a ranger report confirmed that on the first day of coursing, 5 hares were struck by dogs, 3 were injured, 1 died due to injury and 2 were put down because of injuries. In 2011, there were 8 fatalities at Ennis Clarecastle – on day 1, 5 hares were hit, with 3 later dying; on day 2, 7 hares were hit, 2 killed, 4 injured, 1 put down and 2 died from injuries.
Coursing continues thanks to a licence from Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service – who have disregarded a warning from a leading ecologist that the Irish Hare is “in trouble” with numbers declining. Between now and February 24th 2019, thousands of hares will be subjected to coursing cruelty. All will suffer fear and stress and the hares hit and mauled are at risk of sustaining painful injuries such as broken bones and dislocated hips; some will die from their injuries or be destroyed by vets.
Shame on the Irish Government for disregarding the cruelty of coursing and the suffering and death of hares and allowing this appalling activity to continue. Coursing is illegal in all our neighbouring jurisdictions – Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales – but with an exemption for coursing inserted into the Animal Health and Welfare Act, coursers are currently not liable for prosecution for their animal cruelty. It is time for this to change. Please respond to our action alerts below and sign/share the petitions. Thank you.
With warnings from wildlife experts that the Irish Hare is in trouble, it is now more clear than ever that the species must be given full protection. Urgently contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and demand that they revoke the 2018-19 hare coursing licence and end all forms of hare persecution.
Minister Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
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John Fitzgerald
Director, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Phone: +353 (0)1 888 3242
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(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)
Dear Minister,
I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to demand that you revoke the 2018-19 hare netting licence that has shamefully been issued.
In coursing, hares suffer and die at all stages – during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity and during the coursing meetings where they run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries recorded are broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips.
I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and end this cruelty.
Thank you.
Yours sincerely,
The Irish Hare is a protected species but an exemption for coursing in the Animal Health and Welfare Act means coursers are not liable for prosecution for their cruelty. Join us in our call to the government to remove the exemption and provide full and permanent protection to this cherished species.
Contact An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and ask him to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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