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Urge the An Taoiseach and Tánaiste to ban the cruel act of hare coursing and lend protection to hares — no exceptions!

Hare coursing is a cruel and inhumane "sport" in which hares are released onto an field and must, quite literally, run for their lives from dogs, typically trained greyhounds, who chase after them. Best case scenario, the hares are tortured by extreme stress; worst case scenario, dogs or diseases kill them.

This is bad enough, but it is made even worse considering that Irish mountain hares are considered a protected species [1]. Even so, enclosed coursing, in which the dogs are muzzled, continues to remain legal in Ireland.

This barbaric form of "entertainment" has been banned from all but three countries in Europe: the Republic of Ireland, Spain, and Portugal. And rightfully so, considering what it entails.

Hares are captured and kept in captivity together. This is not only immensely stressful for hares, which are solitary creatures, but it also encourages the spread of diseases.

After the hares are "trained" to know the course, the cruel sport commences.

Hares get a head start on the field, and then the dogs are set after them, chasing them down. Even when dogs are muzzled, they are still capable of injuring and even killing the hares. And even if the hares manage to escape the course unscathed, they still will have gone through an immensely traumatic experience. Any way you look at it, the practice is utterly cruel and inhumane.

Most people agree. Polls conducted have consistently indicated that the majority of Irish citizens believe that the "sport" should be banned [2]. Yet it remains legal.

But even for those who enjoy hare coursing and participate in it, there is a humane alternative that could be used to keep hares safe and people happy. It's called drag coursing, and it uses a mechanical lure as opposed to a living, breathing animal. [3] It's been successfully adopted by several other countries that have outlawed hare coursing.

With drag coursing as an alternative and with the vast majority of people against the cruel practice of hare coursing, there is no reason why hare coursing should be allowed to continue. We need to work to end this inhumane practice altogether.

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To the An Taoiseach and Tánaiste,

Ireland is a beautiful country filled with rich culture and wonderful people. However, it is marred by the continued practice of a cruel and inhumane activity, one which has been banned in most other European countries: hare coursing.

Hare coursing is a barbaric sport in which hares, a protected species, are tortured with fear for their lives and sometimes even killed for the entertainment of participants. Such a cruel practice has no place in a civilized country like Ireland, even if it is tradition. Humanity's sense of ethics have evolved, and we must ensure that laws reflect that change.

We therefore implore you to join with the vast majority of Europe, as well as appease the vast majority of Irish citizens, and ban the practice of hare coursing in favor of more humane alternatives like drag coursing. The mountain hare deserves full protection without any exceptions, and it cannot have this kind of full protection while coursing continues.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2018 Gilberto Simao
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Whipple
Apr 14, 2018 Barbara Hrybinczak
Apr 14, 2018 Keeley Player
Apr 14, 2018 Marguerite Panzica
Apr 14, 2018 Marcia Leaser
Apr 14, 2018 Steven Gagliano
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Jacobs
Apr 9, 2018 Susan Pratico
Apr 7, 2018 Elizabeth Borges
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 6, 2018 G. Tompkins
Apr 5, 2018 Susan Lanes
Apr 5, 2018 M Hynes
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Jessica Sade
Apr 5, 2018 Lane Page
Apr 5, 2018 Edeltraut Renk
Apr 5, 2018 Karen O'brien
Apr 5, 2018 Cheryl Free
Apr 3, 2018 Gwen Boyer
Apr 3, 2018 Monika Saluter
Apr 2, 2018 Shelley Tsuji ENOUGH!! GROW UP FOOLS!!! We need to cut your tourism from the US if you keep this up!
Apr 2, 2018 Teresa Barquet
Apr 2, 2018 Jeanette Holmgren
Apr 2, 2018 Al DeRoy
Apr 2, 2018 Gerald Ryan As an proud Irishman, I am appalled by this barbaric practice!!!!
Apr 2, 2018 christine resch
Apr 2, 2018 Laura Prohaska
Apr 2, 2018 SCOT STIER
Apr 2, 2018 Pat Mullarkey
Apr 1, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 31, 2018 Larry Carradine
Mar 31, 2018 Alyssa Oggiono
Mar 30, 2018 jude lotz
Mar 29, 2018 Giustina Casale-Morton
Mar 29, 2018 Rosalinde Katz
Mar 29, 2018 inge nespolon
Mar 29, 2018 isabell milcke
Mar 28, 2018 jeff fusco
Mar 27, 2018 Angela LaRochelle
Mar 27, 2018 Pat Adams
Mar 27, 2018 Neville Bruce
Mar 27, 2018 Arthur Seligman
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 Gina Lippa

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