“I strongly agree with your stance against hare coursing”: Senator Ivana Bacik

9 Sep

Labour Party Senator, Ivana Bacik, is the latest politician to call for a refusal of a 2020-21 licence for cruel hare coursing.

Responding to correspondence from ICABS in which we asked her to join us in urging Minister Darragh O’Brien to refuse the licence, Senator Bacik stated: “I am very happy to support this.”

“I do strongly agree with your stance against hare coursing,” added Senator Bacik who is the Labour Party’s leader in Seanad Eireann.

In our message, we highlighted the cruelty of hare coursing, the threat posed to the Irish Hare by RHD2 (a deadly virus which can be spread by coursers) and the overwhelming support among the public for a ban on the activity. Last September a RED C opinion poll found that 77% of citizens are in favour of a ban on coursing, while just 9% want it to continue.

Earlier in the week, Fianna Fáil’s heritage spokesperson Senator Mary Fitzpatrick also called for a refusal of the coursing licence. “I have made representations to the Minister urging him not to grant the licence,” she told ICABS, adding “you have my support.”

This followed a recent statement from party colleague Senator Erin McGreehan who commented: “I personally do not see the sport in this activity”.

Hares suffer and die in coursing – last season, the victims included hares who died with a spinal injury and a broken back and another with “an apparent leg injury”. All the hares used in coursing suffer the fear and stress of being netted from the wild, transported in boxes and held in captivity for weeks/months before being forced to run for their lives from muzzled dogs. Those released back to the wild are at risk of later dying from stress-related capture myopathy.

The continuation of coursing shames Ireland. All our neighbouring jurisdictions (Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales) have all long since banned the bloodsport – as have most other civilised nations around the world.

URGENT ACTION ALERT

HELP THE HARES: Please urgently contact Darragh O’Brien TD – the Minister who is likely to be making the imminent decision on the licensing of hare coursing. Appeal to him to REFUSE a 2020-21 coursing licence and pave the way for a permanent ban on coursing.

Minister Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail, Dublin Fingal)
Tel: (01) 618 3802 OR (086) 251 9893
Email: darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie; minister@housing.gov.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DarraghOBrienTD
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DarraghOBrienTD

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRkXOvbUPNNjMc6LShwiiXBfnDAPbykf-

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority of Irish citizens want hare coursing banned (with just 9 per cent disagreeing with a ban), it is now time for politicians to consign this nasty bloodsport to history. Join us in contacting all TDs and urging them to act to ensure that a ban is urgently introduced. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Urge Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to respect the wishes of the majority and ban hare coursing and all bloodsports.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +353 (0)1-704 3630 OR +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Please sign and share the petitions

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland
https://www.change.org/p/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing
http://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing

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