25 January 2013
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, Clonmel.
Friday, February 1st, 2013
Monday, February 4th, 2013
If you are travelling to either protest by car and can offer others a lift, please let us know.
URGENT ACTION ALERTS
Express your support for a ban on coursing: Sign a petition
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
An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
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
Appeal to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Please write to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and demand that he stops licensing hare coursing.
Jimmy Deenihan, TD
firstname.lastname@example.org [with a copy to An Taoiseach]
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.
If you prefer to post a letter to your TDs, address your correspondence
See more videos exposing the cruelty of coursing on our Youtube Channel - www.youtube.com/icabs
Slideshow: the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland
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 great distress"
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 dislocated hip
A hare that died "from knocks sustained during coursing"
A hare released back into the wild with a "damaged leg" that "could be broken"
A hare found dead in a coursing compound after succumbing to pneumonia.
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 the injuries.
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."
More information about hare coursing
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