NPWS tells coursers to release all captive hares

28 Oct

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BREAKING NEWS: ICABS understands that the National Parks and Wildlife Service has written to the Irish Coursing Club, telling them to release all hares in captivity.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our “Free the Hares” action alert and contacted Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien.

The move follows last week’s announcement by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage that hare coursing was to be stopped for six weeks from midnight on Wednesday 21st October, in line with COVID19 Level 5 restrictions which state: “No organised outdoor gatherings should take place”.

The Department tweeted: “Following discussions with the NPWS [National Parks and Wildlife Service], hare coursing licences have been suspended with effect from midnight last night.”

Please join us now in pushing for a permanent ban on cruel hare coursing and full protection for the Irish Hare.


If you are aware of any coursing taking place in your area, contact the local Gardai and ask them to take action – find contact details at

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority of Irish citizens want hare coursing banned, 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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