End Ireland’s Hare Coursing nightmare!

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The Irish government has appointed a new Heritage Minister, Ms Josepha Madigan. Included in her brief will be responsibility for deciding whether or not to grant a license permitting almost five months of live hare coursing in Ireland. Her predecessor granted the license earlier this year, but the new Minister can, if she so chooses; withdraw the license.

This petition calls on her to do exactly that: to act without delay to end the horror of this blood sport that shames Ireland.

Since the beginning of the present coursing season, hares have been mauled, battered and flung about like broken toys at venues nationwide.

Here is footage of one event, secretly filmed as “unauthorized photography” is prohibited at coursing fixtures. The action was filmed in County Limerick on Sunday 19 November 2017. It shows hares being terrorised, struck multiple times and mauled into the ground by the dogs.

This is typical of ALL such “sporting” events.  The footage demonstrates why the coursing license must be withdrawn IMMEDIATELY:


 Apart from signing the petition, you can also lobby the Minister by phone, email or twitter if you wish:

Here are contact details:

Josepha Madigan TD 
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie
Tweet to: @josephamadigan