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Protect the Irish Hare from coursing cruelty

category international | miscellaneous | opinion/analysis author Friday August 02, 2013 00:51author by Protect the Irish Hare Report this post to the editors

The Irish Hare has endured enough from the so-called "sportsmen" who use it as live bait in a sick bloodsport...

Part of the protest outside Minister Deenihan's office on August 1st, 2013
Part of the protest outside Minister Deenihan's office on August 1st, 2013

All friends of Ireland’s wildlife heritage hope Minister Jimmy Deenihan will either not issue a license allowing hare coursing this year…or that, if he has already decided to issue the license the license, he will re-think this appalling decision…

In coursing, hares suffer and die at all stages - during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity and during the coursing meetings where they run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries recorded are broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips.


Hare coursing is not only opposed by a majority in Ireland but also by compassionate people all around the world. On the Care2 website, they have been condemning the blood sport as vile and cruel and expressing support for a ban.

You can read some of the comments from around the world below...

Very cruel sport - Maria, Athens, Greece

How sick!!!!! - Maria, USA

This is a vile 'sport'. Should definitely be banned - Tracey, Edinburgh

I've owned wolfhounds and competed in coursing events, but never with live lure...to catch live prey is no longer a necessity...and should be outlawed - Ellen, USA

This is horrible - Jen, Canada
This is sick and should be banned - Mary, USA

Another so called sport. How can anyone be entertained by the inflicted cruelty on another sentient being? - Esther, USA

Disgusting, it makes me sick!! - Valerie, Paris

This is not a sport, this is plain CRUELTY!! - Ruth, Florida

Absolutely terrible. This is not a sport or a means of entertainment by any stretch of the imagination - Meg, Texas

Sounds horrible - Masha, London

It is horrific what people think up for entertainment - Susan, Canada

This is just so horrible - Sally, Melbourne, Australia

Disgusting. How can people find pleasure in the death of innocent animals who have done no wrong? - Cristina, New Zealand

How low can people go? - Julie, South Africa

Anyone who would participate in this VILE display of animal abuse...needs intensive psychiatric counsel - Valerie, Canada

I hate you people that get your kicks from the torture and death of animals - Leanne, Canada

A practice such as this, universally categorized as a blood sport, should be fastidiously rallied against on all fronts - Christina, USA

This is not a sport - it is entertainment for morons! - Wendy, UK

Sad to think that in this day and age that this can be considered "sport" obviously evolution has been dealt a setback - Mike, Virginia

This is terrible cruelty to the poor Hares. It needs to be stopped with immediate effect - Sameera, Sri Lanka

What people find offensive:




Related Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFdjBy5S8k8
author by No Excusepublication date Fri Aug 02, 2013 00:56Report this post to the editors

No excuse for hare coursing. It exists just to provide pleasure for people who get their kicks from cruelty...


Speaking out...
Speaking out...


Hare coursing is held in the worst of weather conditions...
Hare coursing is held in the worst of weather conditions...

author by Bernie Wright - Association of Hunt Saboteurs.publication date Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:56author email bigbrownrat at gmail dot conmauthor address AOHS. PO BOX 4734. D 1.Report this post to the editors

Its a wait and see scenario. Has Minister Deenihan got the guts to do his job properly ?.
He must ensure that the worthless rules pertaining to coursing are investigated and those who are guilty of breaches prosecuted.

If not his Department is a joke and the self-regulatory rules are not worth the paper they are written on.


author by Vinessa - Canadapublication date Fri Aug 02, 2013 15:23Report this post to the editors

No one should be dumb enough to employ such cruelty to ANY animal. Nor should this be looked upon as a humane sport. It's not. The world is watching this cruelty. These actions can create more negativity towards tourism.... Wake up folks! Real crappy ..your not coming out of this smelling too good.

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