Please support one or both of the upcoming anti-coursing
demonstrations. On Friday February 1st, there will be a demo outside the
Dail. On Monday February 4th, a demo will be held outside Powerstown Park,
Friday, February 1st, 2013 12.30pm to 2pm Outside Dail
Eireann Kildare St, Dublin
Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon
Gilmore. Ask them to back a ban on hare coursing and give permanent
protection to hares.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny Department of the Taoiseach, Government
Buildings, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2 Telephone: 01-6194020
Fax: 01-6764048 Email:
An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for
Foreign Affairs and Trade, Iveagh House, 80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2. Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail) Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400 Email:
Appeal to the Minister for Agriculture
Please appeal to the Minister for Agriculture to remove an exemption for
coursing from the new Animal Health and Welfare Bill.
Simon Coveney, TD Minister for Agriculture Department of
Agriculture Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Contact all your local TDs now. Tell them you are one of the majority
who want coursing banned. Remind them that coursing is already illegal in
Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Urge them to respect the
wishes of the majority of the electorate and back the anti-coursing bill
being introduced by Maureen O'Sullivan, TD and Clare Daly, TD.
Slideshow: the cruelty of hare coursing in
The victims of coursing
All hares used in coursing are victims and they all suffer the fear
and stress of being violently snatched from their habitats, thrown into
crates, transported to coursing compounds and kept in captivity for months.
Among the hare injuries and deaths recorded are:
A hare "squealing in distress" after being caught by a muzzled dog
A hare suffering with "a badly broken hind leg"
A hare "carrying a hind leg"
A hare with "a damaged hind toe"
A coursed hare with a "badly broken hind leg [which] seemed to be in
A hare in agony in a coursing enclosure with its leg "almost
completely broken off".
A hare destroyed by a vet after it was found suffering with a
A hare that died "from knocks sustained during coursing"
A hare released back into the wild with a "damaged leg" that "could
A hare found dead in a coursing compound after succumbing to
A vet treated three hares for "minor abrasions" and "witnessed three
other hares that appeared to die after coursing without any outward
signs of injury. One of these was sent to the local regional veterinary
laboratory. Post-mortem findings included internal adhesions, suggestive
of an old condition."
Seven hares badly hit by greyhounds, with three dying as a result of
An injured hare with "marks on its back and bare areas".
Two hares found dead in a coursing club paddock. An autopsy showed
that one died from well established pneumonia while the other died from
so-called "natural causes". Another died "during transportation from
Loughrea to Westport."
13 hares hit by dogs and 1 put down because of injuries and 3 died
from injuries. Veterinary opinion was that they died "from knocks
sustained during coursing the previous day."