Irish clergy involvement in hare coursing continues

20 Nov
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Irish clergy involvement in hare coursing continues, despite the Catechism of the Catholic Church making it clear that “It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly”.
 
In coursing, thousands of hares are cruelly snatched from the wild in nets, thrown into boxes, transported to coursing compounds and eventually forced to run for their lives from pairs of greyhounds. All will suffer fear and stress, while the hares hit and mauled by the dogs will sustain painful injuries such as broken bones and dislocated hips. Some will die from their injuries or will be destroyed by vets. Hares who survive the ordeal and are later released back to the wild are at risk of subsequently dying from stress-related capture myopathy.
 
At the weekend, the name of County Kerry parish priest Fr Maurice Brick appeared in the booklet for the Clonmel & Kilsheelan coursing meeting. His greyhound Bridies Spirit was among the dogs listed to be unleashed to chase after hares. In September, as highlighted by ICABS, the same priest was involved with the Kilflynn coursing meeting.
 
Last year at Kilflynn, one hare was reported pinned to the ground by the dogs. At “coursing trials” held a few days beforehand, a NPWS ranger report revealed that 10 hares were hit by dogs, 7 were injured and 2 were “put down as a result of the injuries”.
 
What an absolute shame that despite multiple appeals over the years, the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference has refused to act to end clergy involvement in hare coursing.
 
ACTION ALERT
 
Contact the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference now.
 
Tel: +353 (0)1 505 3000
Email: info@catholicbishops.ie
Twitter: @CatholicBishops
 
Urge Fr Maurice Brick to show compassion for the hares and end his involvement in coursing.
 
Fr. Maurice Brick, P.P.
Tel: 066 7132111
Mobile: 087 9473317
Email: lixnaw@dioceseofkerry.ie
 
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