Upcoming Events

International | Animal Rights

no events match your query!

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein?

offsite link Irish Examiner bias Anthony

offsite link RTE: Propaganda ambush of Sinn Fein Anthony

offsite link Hong Kong and democracy Anthony

offsite link Oliver Callan: Back in his box Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link War Preparations: Egypt And Turkey Kick Off Large-Scale Drills Near Libya Fri Jul 10, 2020 20:47 | amarynth
South Front Turkey and Egypt are flexing their military muscles off the Libyan shores as chances of a potential war in the eastern Mediterranean continue growing. Firstly, the Turkish Ministry

offsite link America?s Sicilian Expedition Fri Jul 10, 2020 18:11 | amarynth
by Francis Lee for the Saker Blog Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of

offsite link Mass protests shake the throne of Serbia?s insufferable tyrant Fri Jul 10, 2020 17:55 | The Saker
by Saker?s Johnny-on-the-spot in Serbia for The Saker Blog The regime of one of Europe?s last two tyrants (guess where the other one is, hint: also in the Balkans) has

offsite link Iran To Help Syria With Air Defense To Repel US, Israeli Attacks Thu Jul 09, 2020 19:05 | amarynth
South Front Iran will help to strengthen Syrian air defense capabilities as part of a wider military security agreement between the two countries, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2020/07/09 ? Open Thread Thu Jul 09, 2020 02:30 | Herb Swanson
2020/07/09 01:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

offsite link UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights

offsite link Fijian women still face Human Rights violations Mon Aug 26, 2019 18:49 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
"A flaky website that purports to be ?leftist,? The Cedar Lounge Revolution, occasionally makes a relevant point or two."

offsite link Latest Episode of the Podcast 17:58 Fri Jul 10, 2020 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link Interface: a journal for and about social movements, Volume 12, Issue 1 out now? 17:57 Fri Jul 10, 2020 | guestposter

offsite link Signs of Hope ? A continuing series 12:17 Fri Jul 10, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link It?s going to be different: protecting against coronavirus 11:24 Fri Jul 10, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link A Fianna Fáil mudguard? 09:04 Fri Jul 10, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

New evidence of hare coursing savagery...

category international | animal rights | opinion/analysis author Wednesday July 30, 2014 19:12author by Ban Irish hare coursing horror! Report this post to the editors

Damning indictment of "sport" backed by powerful politicians and businesspeople...

Irish animal protection groups are renewing their call for a total ban on live hare coursing following the latest series of shocking reports on coursing events compiled by State appointed wildlife rangers.
"sport"?
"sport"?

Reports on hare coursing meetings in Ireland for the 2013/14 season filed by wildlife rangers attached to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have just been received under FOI by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports and passed on to other animal protection/campaign groups including our own.

The reports refer to hares being struck, mauled, and horribly injured at coursing events held in different counties including Wexford, Louth, Clare, Cork, and Limerick.

The hare coursing season will commence in late September if Arts and Culture Minister Heather Humphreys grants a license permitting coursing clubs to net hares. If she grants the license as her predecessor Jimmy Deenihan did last year, thousands of hares will again be rounded up by gangs of men and boys and snatched from their peaceful homes in the countryside.

Following a period of “training”, the helpless and terrified captives will then be forced to run from pairs of greyhounds. Some will die, either from being struck forcibly by the larger and faster dogs, or from stress-related ailments arising from their unnatural captivity or the chase itself. We have no way of know what becomes of the hares released after being coursed, though we do know that hares subjected to high stress levels may die within days of the experience.

Highlights from the latest NPWS reports:

At Doon & District (County Limerick) 4 hares "required assistance" and were put down by the vet because of their injuries; at Dundalk and Dowdallshill (County Louth), 6 hares "required assistance", 4 were euthanised by vet and 3 died of "natural causes", and in Tradaree (County Clare) in November 2013, the coursers claimed that 6 hares "required assistance", resulting in 3 dying of "natural causes" though no post mortems were carried out to establish cause of deaths, while at the same meeting, the National Parks ranger stated that 13 hares were struck by dogs, and 3 were "found dead in the paddock" the next day.

And at Gorey (County Wexford), the National Parks ranger cited 4 hares hit by dogs, with 2 dying of their injuries, while the coursers cited 3 hares "requiring assistance" and 1 put down, which points to the fact that we can expect the coursers to minimise the number of victims.

In another case, New Ross (County Wexford), the National Parks ranger cited 14 hares struck by dogs, while coursers claimed that only 11 hares were struck.

This year, only 23 coursing meetings were monitored by NPWS rangers, down significantly on previous years. At one of these meetings, Liscannor (County Clare), a ranger was "intimidated" when she asked to check the hare paddock, and at Mallow, when a time was arranged with the National Parks ranger for a supervised release of hares, the coursers failed to turn up and refused to provide a contact phone number. Failure to co-operate with the NPWS ranger is a breach of the licence conditions.

At Fermoy (County Cork), a vet failed to attend to a hare which had been hit, with the ranger stating: "I asked that the vet look at the hit hare but he did not come." It is a condition of the hare netting licence that a vet must be in attendance at coursing meetings.

The government cannot dismiss the wildlife rangers’ reports as “anti blood sports propaganda” as the rangers are appointed by the State and are completely independent in their duties. The reports make it clear that the only way to eliminate cruelty from coursing is to take the hare out of it. A mechanical lure would recreate all the fun and excitement of the practice, minus the suffering of a timid and defenseless animal.

In Britain and continental Europe drag coursing is the norm, as it is in Australia (which once permitted live coursing but no longer) and the European Coursing championships were recently held… without using a sing live hare!
Here is the website detailing the European coursing championships:
http://www.eurocoursing2014.it/en/

All Irish animal protection groups regard the new FOI reports as especially significant because they completely demolish the ludicrous claim by coursing clubs that hares are “unharmed” in coursing. Their contention that the existing rules governing the “sport” protect the animals is completely blown away by this evidence.

We are challenging all TDs and Senators to examine, honesty and objectively, the latest reports which demonstrate very clearly that hares continue to be mauled, forcibly struck, and subjected to horrific injuries in coursing despite muzzling of the greyhounds. And this is apart altogether from the immense stress and suffering for the animals involved in capture (with nets), transportation, and confinement in unnatural captivity.

The government cannot dismiss the wildlife rangers’ reports as “anti blood sports propaganda” as the rangers are appointed by the State and are completely independent in their duties. The reports confirm our belief that the only way to eliminate cruelty from coursing is to take the hare out of it. A mechanical lure would recreate all the fun and excitement of the practice, minus the suffering of a timid and defenseless animal.

Incidents of the kind referred to in the NPWS reports have been frequently filmed at hare coursing fixtures. Here’s an example from the so-called “Irish Cup” hare coursing event at Limerick racecourse, an annual fixture sponsored by multi-millionaire businessman JP McManus.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL741E0B6DA3CBB057

Here are fuller details of the NPWS reports referred to:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/234875956/Coursing-Cruelty-Ca...-2014

Related Link: http://www.banbloodsports.com

This brings joy to some...
This brings joy to some...

protest against Irish hare coursing...
protest against Irish hare coursing...

captured hare...
captured hare...

Captured hares prior to coursing...
Captured hares prior to coursing...

© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy