Save Irish hares from cruel coursing
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Thousands of Irish hares are forcefully snatched from the countryside every year and forced to run for their lives in front of pairs of greyhounds. Those involved in this cruelty are allowed to continue without fear of prosecution, due to an exemption for coursing in Ireland's Animal Health and Welfare Act.
Injuries suffered by hares in coursing include broken bones and dislocated hips. The Minister for Agriculture (who has responsibility for animal welfare legislation) and the Irish Government must act now to outlaw hare coursing and save hares from the cruelty inherent in this outdated bloodsport.
Witness the cruelty of Ireland's hare coursing
Contact Arts & Heritage Minister, Heather Humphreys, and urge her stop licensing hare coursing
Heather Humphreys, TD
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
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Urgently contact An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and An Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Frances Fitzgerald. Ask them to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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An Tanaiste, Frances Fitzgerald
Department Of Justice
51 St. Stephen's Green
Tel: +353 1 602-8202 or +353 1 457 7712
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Please appeal to the Minister for Agriculture to remove an exemption for coursing from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.
Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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- Michael Noonan TD
- Simon Coveney TD
- Taoiseach (Prime Minister)
Leo Varadkar TD
- National Parks and Wildlife Service Licensing Unit
- Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
- Joan Burton TD
- Gerry Leckey - NPWS Licensing Unit
- Dept of Agriculture
- Agriculture Minister Michael Creed
- Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald
- Leader, Fianna Fail
Micheál Martin TD
- Leader, Sinn Fein
Gerry Adams TD
- Leader, Labour Party
Brendan Howlin TD
- Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Hare coursing is illegal in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most other civilised countries around the world. The time is NOW to ban this disgusting bloodsport in the Republic of Ireland.
It reflects badly on the Republic of Ireland that it remains legal to use live hares as lures for greyhounds. This organised cruelty is totally unacceptable.
As you are aware, hares used in coursing suffer the fear and stress of running for their lives. Every year, these timid, delicate creatures also suffer injuries and die when hit and mauled by the dogs. Their suffering is well documented with injuries including broken bones and dislocated hips.
It has been demonstrated that there is absolutely no need for the hare in coursing. Video footage filmed by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports shows greyhounds enthusiastically chasing an artificial lure.
I call on you to immediately put in place a ban on hare coursing
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