Senator David Norris joining calls on Minister to refuse coursing licence

15 Sep

Senator David Norris is the latest politician to join calls for a refusal of a 2020-21 licence for cruel hare coursing.

Responding to correspondence from the Irish Council Against Blood Sports, Senator Norris said this week that he is writing to Minister Darragh O’Brien to appeal to him to refuse the licence.

Senator Norris has previously condemned hare coursing as “a particularly damnable and degrading pursuit” and “an obscenity which is indefensible”.

He is the latest member of the Seanad to call for the 2020-21 coursing licence to be refused.

Fianna Fáil Senators Erin McGreehan and Mary Fitzpatrick have also contacted Minister O’Brien.

Senator McGreehan, Fianna Fáil’s Seanad spokesperson on children, disability, equality and integration told ICABS that she “wrote to the Minister stating that I believe that there is no place for hare coursing in a modern Ireland.”

Senator Fitzpatrick had earlier “made representations to the Minister urging him not to grant the licence.”

Labour Party Senator Ivana Bacik is also supporting calls for a refusal of the licence.

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

In our message to Senators, 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.

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.


HELP THE HARES: Please urgently contact Darragh O’Brien TD and 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

Urge Green Party Ministers Malcolm Noonan (who has responsibility for the National Parks and Wildlife Service) and Catherine Martin (who has responsibility for wildlife) to act to ensure that no licence is issued for coursing.

Malcolm Noonan TD
Heritage Minister
Tel: (01) 6183148

Catherine Martin TD
Culture and Heritage Minister
Tel: (01) 618 3018

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

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

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
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +353 (0)1-704 3630 OR +353 (0)1-640 3133
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Contact Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs and urge them to back a ban on cruel hare coursing.

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Please sign and share the petitions

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland

Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing

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