Stop Bloody Hare Coursing in Ireland!

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Sponsor: The Animal Rescue Site

Hare coursing is cruel and inhumane, and causes needless death and injury to countless hares per year in Ireland. Take action!


Hare coursing is an atrocious and inhumane practice that is still taking place in Ireland today. Hare coursing involves capturing wild hares and letting them loose again in an enclosed area to be chased and terrorized by larger animals— usually dogs. When the hares are captured in the wild, they are thrown into holding cages where they must coexist with other hares and tolerate sub-par conditions.

Hare coursing is a competitive sport in Ireland and is conducted purely for entertainment. There is simply no good reason the hares should have to endure this kind of torture and terror.

Hare coursing is illegal Scotland, Wales and England and became illegal in Northern Ireland in 2011. Despite their tradition of hare coursing and other animal blood sports like badger baiting, bear baiting and dog fighting, these nations have decided to abandon old, cruel practices. Sign the petition asking the Republic of Ireland's Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys and Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to see that this cruel practice is put to rest once and for all.

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The Petition:

Dear Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister Simon Coveney,

I find it appalling that Ireland is still conducting the cruel sport of hare coursing. It involves capturing innocent hares from the wild, subjecting them to abhorrent conditions in captivity, and then releasing them into an enclosed area to be chased down by dogs. This is the most inhumane practice I have ever heard of, and it needs to stop now.

During the act of hare coursing, the rabbits suffer grave physical and psychological injuries. Not only do they sustain painful wounds, they are also often so scared they die from the stress of the events.

This sport is on-par with dog fighting and should be outlawed completely. Hare coursing is illegal Scotland, Wales and England and became illegal in Northern Ireland in 2011. Despite their tradition of hare coursing and other animal blood sports like badger baiting, bear baiting and dog fighting, these nations have decided to abandon old, cruel practices.

Please see to it that hare coursing is done away with forever. We can't stand by and let these poor animals continue to be tortured in this way.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Updates:

Hare coursing continues to threaten the protected mountain hare in Ireland! Please help us speak up for these innocent animals and put an end to this violent blood sport! Sign the petition here!: http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/trs/petition/ireland-hare-coursing/
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