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The Mayor of Clonmel in the Republic of Ireland has been criticised for referring to a hare coursing cruelty festival in his town as a "splendid occasion". Brought to Mayor Shoer's attention were the victims of coursing and the damage coursing does to Clonmel's reputation. Among the victims of coursing are hares with broken bones and dislocated hips. Every coursing season, hares suffer injuries and die during coursing - a bloodsport so cruel it is now illegal in the surrounding jurisdictions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Contact Mayor Shoer and tell him that the hare coursing finals are a deplorable display of animal cruelty which brings shame on Clonmel.

Mayor Billy Shoer
Tel: 052 6126769
Mobile: 086 1518247

Watch the Mayor Shoer interview on Youtube

Contact Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney now and demand a ban on hare coursing.

Minister Simon Coveney
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
CC: (An Taoiseach)
Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Letter to
Mayor Billy Shoer
I support calls on you, the Mayor of Clonmel, to reject hare coursing.

Your recent comment that the hare coursing event in Clonmel is a "splendid occasion" is highly offensive to the compassionate majority who abhor cruelty to animals.

As you know, hares are subjected to a horrendous ordeal in coursing. They are snatched from the wild in nets, kept in captivity for weeks and forced to run for their lives in front of muzzled greyhounds. The hares suffer fear and stress and those hit by the greyhounds sustain painful injuries such as broken bones and dislocated hips.

Please stop embracing this disgusting cruelty which brings international shame on Clonmel and marks it out as one of the world's worst animal cruelty black spots.

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