Responding to a recent parliamentary question calling for the introduction of drag coursing to replace live coursing, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said: “The promotion of drag/lure “coursing” is an activity that falls outside my area of responsibility.”

However, animal welfare is a primary responsibility for the Minister for Agriculture, and so he should be actively pursuing a policy of prevention of cruelty to animals by all means possible. The promotion and legislating for a humane alternative to live hare coursing is one issue he must address as a matter of urgency.    Ask Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to replace live hare coursing with the humane alternative of drag coursing (mechanical lure coursing).  

Letter to
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan
Minister for Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney
Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny
and 5 others
National Parks and Wildlife Service Licensing Unit
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys
Tanaiste Joan Burton
Gerry Leckey - NPWS Licensing Unit
Dept of Agriculture
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