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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

Jul 20, 2018 Sally Sharp
Jul 19, 2018 Winifred Boyd
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Scherry
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Krause
Jul 19, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jul 18, 2018 Terri Raimondo
Jul 14, 2018 Kalliope M.
Jul 8, 2018 Victor/Carol Ignaczak
Jul 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Frederik van der Vyver
Jun 29, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short
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Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 shane Whitaker
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
Jun 28, 2018 Lauren Moch
Jun 26, 2018 Becky Tank
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 19, 2018 Cindy French
Jun 14, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 8, 2018 Terry Wallerstedt
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 Pamela Parker
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra L Jarvis
Jun 8, 2018 Catherine Reynolds
Jun 7, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2018 Sally Wynn
May 25, 2018 Steven Strode
May 25, 2018 Lorryn Young
May 24, 2018 Jana Harker
May 24, 2018 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
May 23, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
May 23, 2018 Debra Wills
May 23, 2018 Melvin Michael
May 23, 2018 Deanna Phillips
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Peter Fell
May 22, 2018 Theresa Rose
May 22, 2018 Shirley Sinclaire
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Matías Fuertes
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Lauren Madican
May 21, 2018 Marisol Ackerman

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