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Trapped: Campaigners Overshadow Hare Coursing Final Attendees in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Dear Members & Supporters,
It's that time of year again when blood sport enthusiasts take to the hare coursing finals for their three day outing in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. But for the last number of years we have been there to give them a not so warmly welcome. This year a team of campaigners staged a low-key "TRAPPED" demonstration directly opposite the entrance to the coursing finals as cars passed and people entered the coursing fields. Click here to see the action and hear some interviews with the activists. The Irish Examiner reports thousands of hare coursing supporters attending the final day tomorrow. This should send a very clear message out to people who support the animal rights cause, we need your active involvement, we cannot do this alone. ARAN would also like to thank our friends at the Animal Care Society Cork (ACS) for supporting our campaigns over the years and for their attendance at yesterday's event.
There's hope on the horizon. We're delighted with the news that Irish
TD's Clare Daly and Maureen O'Sullivan will be working on legislative
efforts to bring hare coursing to an end, and we have today thanked them for
doing so considering the huge opposition they will be up against. We stand
by ready to support efforts to bring this shameful, cruel spectacle to an
end and to bring Ireland in line with our neighbors in Northern Ireland and
the United Kingdom.
What is wrong with hare coursing? The "Sport" is inherently cruel from beginning to end. Hares are snatched from the wild by netting them in their thousands, kept captive in coursing compounds for weeks on end, and then forced to run for their lives. Although the greyhounds are muzzled, hares continue to be struck, tossed into the air and mauled into the ground, which can result in severe injury, broken bones, heart attacks and death. Considering that Northern Ireland has banned the cruel practice, there should be no reason why Ireland continues to cling onto this most shameful, cruel spectacle. Defenders of hare coursing continue to assert that the muzzling of greyhounds has eliminated the kill, but the annual monitoring reports seen by ARAN under the Freedom of Information Act say otherwise.
Please urge the Minister for for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan, to refuse hare coursing licenses this year. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and cc' email@example.com . Please forward us any response you may receive.
Please keep that fire we've all got burning, for the days of hare coursing and other blood sports are well and truly numbered.
'Fighting animal abuse across Ireland'