Upcoming Events

International | Animal Rights

no events match your query!

New Events

International

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link ‘Reduced Service’ Sat Jun 18, 2022 11:37 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Inconvenient Questions for the “Specia... Wed Jun 15, 2022 16:32 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Who Dares Apply Anti-Interventionist Ana... Tue Jun 14, 2022 11:15 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Kiev Puts Its Military Deaths at 10,000 ... Mon Jun 13, 2022 05:58 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Rosgvard Wasn’t Told They’d Be Going... Sun Jun 12, 2022 14:24 | Rolo Slavsky

Anti-Empire >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Sitrep Operation Z: Open Thread Sun Jun 26, 2022 13:36 | amarynth
by the Saker Staff for the Saker Blog Wow, too much information out there in addition to the world happenings.  Today and tomorrow we have the G7 in Germany and

offsite link French vote shows the undemocratic rot of the pan-European project 2/2 Sun Jun 26, 2022 11:41 | amarynth
by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV Part 1 discussed how a ?hung parliament? isn?t going to happen in France. President Emmanuel Macron won enough seats and can find plenty

offsite link Oh Now They?re Banning China Spreading Chinese In The UK! Sun Jun 26, 2022 11:21 | amarynth
There is a concerted effort by the Western powers to contain the spread of Chinese and to prevent China from teaching Mandarin in the West By Thorsten J. Pattberg for

offsite link Some Replies to Some Comments on Recent Articles Sun Jun 26, 2022 10:56 | amarynth
By Batiushka for the Saker Blog 1. Errors I do apologise for the rare error which comes from not checking the text enough times. For example, Kuleba is of course

offsite link ?That?s nonsense? ? Douglas MacGregor Sun Jun 26, 2022 10:50 | amarynth

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link RTE bias complaint

offsite link Fergus Finlay and the maternity hospital ‘gotcha’ trap Anthony

offsite link Irish Examiner and fake news Anthony

offsite link Labour Party: The unvarnished truth Anthony

offsite link Humanity: Zero chance of survival Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link Zelensky to replace head of SBU Sat Jun 25, 2022 19:07 | en

offsite link USAID and State Department refuse scrutiny of Afghan file Sat Jun 25, 2022 17:43 | en

offsite link London bans Russia's participation in OSCE forum Fri Jun 24, 2022 06:50 | en

offsite link Unification of Russian and Belarusian armies Thu Jun 23, 2022 21:52 | en

offsite link EU launches blockade of Kaliningrad Thu Jun 23, 2022 21:39 | en

Voltaire Network >>

Major blow to Ireland’s hare coursing as “trials” hit by new restriction!

category international | animal rights | opinion/analysis author Friday October 27, 2017 18:45author by Ban hare coursing in Ireland Report this post to the editors

Latest blow to credibility of vile blood sport

Ireland’s hare coursing fraternity has taken a big hit. Coursing “trials” - big money spinning events in which hares are terrorized and subjected to agonizing injury or death- are to be downgraded to one- day sessions aimed purely at familiarizing hares with coursing venues.
1359765539harecoursingdemonstrationindublin_1765329.jpg

Animal protection groups will settle for nothing less than an outright ban on hare coursing in Ireland...but this new rule has fans of the blood sport in turmoil. It means further regulation of their “sport” and less hare coursing!

Each season, almost all coursing fixture are preceded by so-called trials. These have, up to now, been de facto dress rehearsals for the official meetings and have been used to the utmost by greyhound owners to test their dogs, in addition to facilitating alleged “training” for captured hares that are then also coursed at the official fixtures.

Trials routinely involve huge levels of side betting and organisers have been known to require “bookings” from greyhound owners wishing to bring their dogs along.

We reproduce below comments from coursing fans posted on “Greyhound Knowledge Forum” referring to money changing hands at trials, and “bookings”.

That’s how trials worked up to this week. But all that is about to change, partly due to the decision of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to send rangers to observe and report on the recent trials held by Kilflynn Coursing Club in County Kerry.

While NPWS rangers attend a number of coursing fixtures each season they have not, until the Kilflynn event, attended trials, despite the fact that live hares are used at all of these. Several animal protection groups had contacted the NPWS after being tipped off that hares might be fare badly at the Kilflynn trial event.

The NPWS has since compiled a report on the Kilflynn Coursing Trial which reveals that 10 hares were struck by dogs at the event. Seven of them were injured and two died as a result.

Now, partly thanks to the Kilflynn coursing trial fiasco, the Department of Art and Heritage license governing the capture and coursing of hares in Ireland has been amended. A new condition states: “Trials should only be run for the express purpose of familiarising hares with the most direct route to the escape and no more than one dog should take part in any trial run.”

A second condition stipulates that each trial should last only one day.

This new rule will come into effect on November 15th and will remove a huge chunk of both the social and gambling appeal of hare coursing.

Understandably, hare coursing fans are raging, and objecting vehemently to what they see as a clampdown on their fun and games.

The campaign to rid Ireland COMPLETELY of hare coursing continues, but one could perceive this latest development as a further step towards the complete abolition of this vile blood sport.

Here are typical references to coursing trials (and their real purpose) on the “Greyhound Knowledge Forum” internet site, with relevant details highlighted:

Example 1)

Amy Oconnor
Ireland
(Verified User)
Posts 14
Dogs 0 / Races 0
12 Dec 2016 21:41

Trials will be on saturday 17th December at 11.30 sharp they must pre booked by calling Amy Rose O'Connor on 0863313306 . Trials cost €50 a buckle

Please be on time thank you!

Limited trials available!
Ger Lynch
Ireland

Example 2)

Coursing Trials on Monday next in Ballyduff weather permitting; limited bookings available; double dog trials; contact Mike Slattery on 086 6889061
For directions to Ballyduff Coursing field see our websit EXTERNAL LINK

Example 3)

Liam O Keeffe
Ireland
(Verified User)
Posts 997
Dogs 17 / Races 3
01 Dec 2008 19:56

hi paul there are trials next sunday in dungarvan co.waterford it costs 50 euro for a pair of dogs... its great for dogs that need a reminding of what they are chasing and the scent is the main thing its not like a rabbit scent it is much much stronger ... how long a trial last can vary for 10 secs up wards to 30 secs as anthony said you do not want your dog gruelled
all the best

liam

end of examples of references to coursing trials and their purpose.

Related Link: https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/1461814293934124/?hc_ref=ARRRP-PSW-Q3TbYK0gpRnY2777CKJoObMf1PWuEZt5t1uOtn-huq7sCtjhaOlpzC1YI&pnref=story

hare_coursing_one.jpg

hares_captured_for_coursing.jpg

irish_cup_2014_coursing_bloodsport.jpg

© 2001-2022 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy