Blood sports demean humanity and bring shame to our species

10 Oct



Blood sports, apart from the suffering they cause to innocent animals, demean humanity and bring shame to our species – Read John Fitzgerald’s Letter to the Editor in today’s Irish Examiner

Blood sports can harm humans too
Irish Examiner, 10 October 2018

The tragic death of a woman during a cruel bull running “festival” in Southern France on Saturday should serve as another reminder that blood sports are good for neither man nor beast. A few weeks earlier, four people were badly gored in Pamplona, Spain, when they failed to outrun the pursuing bulls.

The bulls used in these entertainments are tortured to death in the rings afterwards. First they are beaten over the kidneys to weaken them and have Vaseline rubbed into their eyes to impair vision. They are then repeatedly stabbed with razor sharp lances by costumed horse riders.

The bullfight ends following a prolonged swashbuckling performance by the matador, who plunges his ceremonial sword between the bull’s shoulder blades, even as the animal bleeds from the many wounds inflicted and the lances dangle from its heaving, exhausted body. Occasionally, matadors are gored, and some have died in the ring.

We have our own blood sport in Ireland, but hares, unlike bulls, are gentle timid creatures. They never fight back…just run for their lives. They don’t resist their human tormenters even when they are manhandled by them in captivity, prior to being mauled, pummeled, and tossed about by the dogs.

Blood sports, apart from the suffering they cause to innocent animals, demean humanity and bring shame to our species. It’s time for us all to say NO to the recreational torture of animals.

John Fitzgerald,
Callan, Co Kilkenny



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


See the cruelty of hare coursing on our Youtube channel

(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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Ireland: Ban cruel hare coursing

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland

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