Protect the Irish Hare!
  • Petitioning Eamon Gilmore TD

This petition will be delivered to:

Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland
Eamon Gilmore TD
Taoiseach (PM) of Ireland
Mr. Enda Kenny TD
Minister for Arts and Culture
Mr. Jimmy Deenihan TD
Minister for Agriculture
Simon Coveney
Irish Wildlife Service senior official
Gerry Leckey
Wildlife Licence official
NPWS official
Kevin Cahillane
NPWS official
Orlando Verrecchia
Emer Mc Geough

Protect the Irish Hare!

    1. John Fitzgerald
    2. Petition by

      John Fitzgerald

      Kilkenny, Ireland

Because the Irish Hare is an endangered species that is cruelly exploited in hunting, coursing, and trapping practices.


Eamon Gilmore TD, Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland
Mr. Enda Kenny TD, Taoiseach (PM) of Ireland
Mr. Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts and Culture
Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture
Gerry Leckey, Irish Wildlife Service senior official
Wildlife Licence official
Kevin Cahillane, NPWS official
Orlando Verrecchia, NPWS official
Emer Mc Geough
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Mr. Enda Kenny TD.

----------I call upon you to use your influence to bring about an end to all cruelty to hares in Ireland and to ensure that this iconic creature receives full protection under Irish law.------


[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Great speech during parliamentary debate on animal welfare

      John Fitzgerald
      Petition Organizer

      Here's one of the best speeches made during a Dail (Irish parliament) debate on a new animal welfare bill:

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Live Hare Coursing: The Clock is ticking...

      John Fitzgerald
      Petition Organizer

      Share your lateLive hare coursing apologists claim that their “sport” is thriving in Ireland. In fact, it has been in decline for many years, thanks mainly to the campaign exposing the horrific cruelty to hares that is integral to the practice. Every professional opinion poll conducted since 1978 has revealed that an overwhelming majority of Irish people want it banned. The pathetic attempts by some politicians to defend the blood sport have only served to further undermine its diminishing credibility, as shown in this brief film:
      Just look at the following two lists. The first is of coursing clubs that staged live coursing events in Ireland in 1935. The second is a list of the live coursing events scheduled for the 2012/2013 season. The decline is obvious, with many coursing clubs defunct and relegated to the eternal Hall of Shame…

      Active live hare coursing clubs holding events in 1935:
      Abbeyfeale Club Castlepollard and Collinstown
      Adare Cl

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Two Irish politicians press for protection of hares...

      John Fitzgerald
      Petition Organizer

      Here are two Irish politicians who are fighting to PROTECT the hare from cruelty and loss of habitat. Deputies Maureen O' Sullivan and Clare Daly can be heard here pressing for legislation to end the hare's sad plight in Ireland:

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. Let's Protect the Irish Hare from Man's Inhumanity!

      John Fitzgerald
      Petition Organizer

      The Irish Hare is considered a “living link” with the ice age fauna of 10,000 years ago and as such is a treasured part of Ireland’s multi-faceted wildlife heritage.
      It is also fast becoming an endangered and declining species.

      Despite this, Irish law permits cruel hunting and baiting of this iconic creature. The hare can be hunted with hounds and ripped to pieces for “sport” after a prolonged and exhausting chase.

      It can be captured with nets and then either used in coursing, a barbaric practice banned in most of Europe, or utilised in so-called blooding sessions that involve feeding the animal LIVE to greyhounds as part of their training.

      Here is an Irish government minister “defending” hare coursing, one of the cruel practises to which this gentle and inoffensive creature is subjected in the name of entertainment:

      Please sign the petition calling on the Irish Government to extend full protection to the hare.

    9. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 4 hours ago

      hunting is only justified by hunger the Irish Hare is an endangered species the elites like hunting as a sport

    • Ciara Ní Chonaill DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • 8 days ago

      I'm horrified to see that hare coursing is specifically excluded from the protections of the Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013.

    • Maria Walsh DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • 28 days ago

      Irish landscape needs protection from awful planning, politician's stupid decisions and local developer's profit priorities only.

      • about 1 month ago

      irish hares were here before us

      • about 1 month ago

      The Irish hare is a Protected Species but is classified as a game species , so it is time to declassify this GAME clause!!!

      It is time to stop ALL animal hunting, we are losing too many native species to hunting, poisoning,loss of habitat etc. The Irish hare is a beautiful animal and the numbers left should be protected to roam freely without fear of persecution for Sport.


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