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.

Letter to
President, Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference Cardinal Sean Brady
Very Rev. Gerard O'Connell
Lixnaw Parish
and 3 others
Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Director, Irish Catholic Bishops Conference
Bishop of Kerry Bishop Raymond Browne
I appeal to you to please act now to stop clergy involvement in cruel hare coursing.

Paragraph 2418 of the Catholic Catechism makes it clear that "it is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer and die needlessly". It is highly inappropriate for any member of the clergy to associate with coursing, an activity which causes much suffering to the gentle Irish Hare - witness the evidence at http://www.tinyurl.com/irishcup

Every year, documents from the National Parks and Wildlife Service reveal the injuries and deaths in coursing. Among the victims are hares with broken bones and dislocated hips.

I appeal to you also to stop including details of a hare coursing fundraiser lottery in the Lixnaw Parish Newsletter.

Please reject cruelty, promote compassion and fully disassociate the Kerry Diocese from coursing.