Sligo businesses shamefully advertise in hare coursing booklet

18 Jan

Shame on the Sligo businesses who supported a hare coursing meeting at the weekend by advertising in its booklet.

Among the businesses advertising at the Tubbercurry/Ballymena/Kilcreevin/BallyMote coursing meeting were Gillespie’s Menswear & Sport, McCarrick & Sons Auctioneers and Nathy Brennan’s pub.

At the cruelty event, hares ran for their lives as pairs of greyhounds were unleashed to chase them – all for the entertainment of a merciless mob who cheered on the dogs and gambled on which would reach the hare first and force the terrorised animal to change direction.

Last year, 80 hares were captured for the meeting, including 51 from Oyster Island off the coast of Sligo. Over the three days, 8 hares were pinned and mauled into the ground by greyhounds, 6 more suffered hits and 4 were confirmed injured by a vet.

Please contact these businesses and urge them to stop supporting hare coursing.

Gillespie’s Menswear & Sport
Teeling St. Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
Telephone: 00353 (0)71 9185051

McCarrick & Sons
Teeling Street, Sligo
Telephone: 00353 (0)71 918 5050

T Brennan pub (Nathy Brennan’s)
Teeling Street,
Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
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 – no hare coursing, no hare hunting, no hare shooting. 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

(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)

Dear Minister Madigan,

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
Tweet to: @campaignforLeo Tweet to @campaignforLeo
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Please contact all your local politicians and ask them to push for a ban on this blood sport. Encourage your friends, family and workmates to contact them too. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

Express your support for a ban on coursing. Sign and share the petitions

Ireland: Ban cruel hare coursing

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland

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