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Limerick Racecourse

Limerick Racecourse: Do not listen to animal rights extremists; continue to support coursing in Ireland for the sake of the Irish Hare

    1. Mark Dennehy
    2. Petition by

      Mark Dennehy

      Stepaside, Ireland

The only thing currently standing between the Irish Hare and the Endangered Species list is the conservation efforts of the Irish Coursing Club. Scientific studies like Reid, 2010 have shown that areas with coursing clubs have ten to one hundred times the density of hare population because of the efforts of those clubs when compared to the rest of the countryside. The government has neither the money nor the manpower to do what the ICC currently does, so there isn't any alternative conservation plan to fall back on should coursing be banned.

Animal rights extremists also have neither the manpower nor the money to undertake the scale of conservation efforts the ICC undertake today; if we were to follow their agenda, we would see the Irish Hare go extinct as a result of modern agriculture in our lifetimes. But rather than lobby for change to the government, these extremists target individuals and groups and threaten their livelihood to intimidate them into doing what they want. This petition is an attempt to protest that intimidation and support those who are targeted by it. It is a message of support to Limerick Racecourse to say hold firm, and ignore these extremists.

Limerick Racecourse
Do not listen to animal rights extremists; continue to support coursing in Ireland for the sake of the Irish Hare.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Halfway there!

      Mark Dennehy
      Petition organiser

      Folks, we've hit the half-way point on our petition to ask Limerick Racecourse to not listen to ICABS and to save hare coursing there. We have five hundred signatures. This is fantastic. We've done brilliantly to get this far...

      But wouldn't it be even more brilliant if we reached our goal of a thousand signatures before ICABS reached theirs and when Limerick Racecourse were handed a petition to ban coursing by ICABS, they could just reach into a drawer, pull out our completed petition to save coursing and just say "no thanks lads, we're backing fieldsports"?

      Come on folks, we can do this, share the petition link, get people to sign it - if everyone who's signed so far just got one extra person to sign this weekend, we could do this by Monday!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. 200 signatures in 36 hours!

      Mark Dennehy
      Petition organiser

      Hi folks,
      We've reached 200 signatures in 36 hours with very little promotion so far - fantastic news! We have a target of a thousand signatures; please, share the link to the petition around, get those interested in fieldsports to support it. Let's demonstrate that there's more commercial interest in supporting fieldsports than there is to supporting animal rights extremists and their demands!

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 11 months ago

      Coursing is misunderstood

    • Andrew Hanley MULLINGAR, IRELAND
      • 11 months ago

      I am not involved in coursing but I see all year round the effort and care put in by some guys in my area who are into the hares. In fairness their first concern is the well being of the hares. My farther always told me, where there are gun clubs there will be Pheasants, and where there are coursing clubs there will be hares. This is so true as the guys who love the sport care so much about the animals.

      I ask anyone to look and see is there not more hares around a coursing area and ask themselves why?

      • about 1 year ago

      I love coursing and want to help the cause in Ireland so you don't lose it like we did in U.K.

    • brian clemson OLNEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      to save the sport

    • Sophie Jones WALES, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      The Animal rights nutters won't get away with bullying anymore, the time has come to stop them :)


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