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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.


Petition Signatures

Jan 22, 2018 Gail Miller
Jan 20, 2018 susan shawket Save these wonderful little creatures from a horrific death.
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 15, 2018 Adeline Wong
Jan 13, 2018 Lisa Harding
Jan 8, 2018 H. M. Sustaita
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 24, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 21, 2017 Alysa Waring
Dec 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 18, 2017 Margo Salone
Dec 18, 2017 Attila Teberoglu
Dec 14, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Dec 13, 2017 maggie dunn
Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins
Dec 13, 2017 Stanley Charles
Dec 13, 2017 Mj Stewart
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 7, 2017 Robert Furem
Dec 3, 2017 Eileen Kulp I boycott everything from Ireland because of their brutal and inhumane treatment of animals. Read your labels before you purchase food, clothing from this country.
Nov 29, 2017 Brenda Webster
Nov 25, 2017 Sofi Nordstrom
Nov 24, 2017 barbara gale
Nov 22, 2017 Camelia Mitu
Nov 21, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) I'm against animal cruelty, abuse, neglect, & extinction.
Nov 20, 2017 Robert Keiser
Nov 19, 2017 Catherine Brown
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 stacy brainard
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Elaine Alfaro
Nov 19, 2017 Diana Monks
Nov 19, 2017 Sylvia kurdjian
Nov 18, 2017 Victoria Hall
Nov 18, 2017 YVONNE Christison
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Foley
Nov 15, 2017 Julie Holt
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 Margaret Walker
Nov 13, 2017 Erika Somlai
Nov 13, 2017 Katherine Bressan I CARE
Nov 12, 2017 Jennifer Gaffney
Nov 12, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Nov 12, 2017 Rémy Nadia ce n'est que de la barbarie ,évoluez on est au 21 ème siècle

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