Bishop Raymond Browne: Stop clergy involvement in cruel coursing
  • Petitioning Cardinal Sean Brady

This petition will be delivered to:

President, Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference
Cardinal Sean Brady
Very Rev. Gerard O'Connell
Lixnaw Parish
Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Director, Irish Catholic Bishops Conference
Bishop of Kerry
Bishop Raymond Browne

Bishop Raymond Browne: Stop clergy involvement in cruel coursing

    1. Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
    2. Petition by

      Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS

      Ireland, Ireland

At least one member of the clergy in the Diocese of Kerry (Ireland) is involved in hare coursing and in the Lixnaw, Kerry parish newsletter, publicity is regularly given to a coursing club's fundraising lottery draw. Paragraph 2418 of the Catholic Catechism makes it clear that "it is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer and die needlessly." Coursing, is one of Ireland's worst forms of cruelty - greyhounds are unleashed to chase hares and the timid creatures endure fear and stress from being forced to run for their lives. Hares that are hit by the muzzled dogs suffer painful injuries such as broken bones and dislocated hips. A majority of Irish people want hare coursing outlawed.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Coursing fundraiser continues in Parish Newsletter

      The fundraising lotto for Lixnaw Coursing Club continues to be publicised in the Lixnaw Parish newsletter. It again appeared in the February 24th, 2013 edition, despite appeals to the local bishop. Please continue sharing this petition and contacting Bishop Murphy - Email or telephone +353 64 - 66 31 168.

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Hare coursing publicity continues in newsletter

      Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition. Please continue sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, etc to help us reach the target of 1,000 signatures. Lixnaw Parish is continuing to publicise the hare coursing club fundraiser lotto in its newsletter. In the 13th January 2013 edition, the results of a lotto draw is featured under the heading "Lixnaw Clubs Lotto Reaches € 4,900". The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is renewing its appeal to Bishop Bill Murphy and the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference to act to keep coursing out of the newsletter.

    5. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Alyssa lennon DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • 4 months ago


      • 4 months ago

      Every single hare (rabbit) that is used in this sport was created by GOD. As such, we should not terrorize any of these animals for fun, play, or sport. On the contrary, we should be humane and merciful unto them.

    • Aisling Leahy CLARE, IRELAND, IRELAND
      • 5 months ago

      Coursing is barbaric and no supposedly first world country should be promoting and allowing coursing. Anyone that supports this barbaric blood sport is a sick individual. I know I don't get a perverse enjoyment from torturing small and innocent hares and anyone that does is a perverse sick creep!

      • 6 months ago

      Animal cruelty is against the teaching of all religions - what are they thinking!

    • Christina Litschauer BADEN, AUSTRIA
      • 7 months ago

      When the MESSIAS arrives, we will all live VEGAN, read the HOLY BIBLE


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