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).  

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Minister for Finance
    Michael Noonan
  • Minister for Agriculture
    Minister Simon Coveney
  • Taoiseach (Prime Minister)
    Enda Kenny
  • 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


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