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June 5 2012 3 05 /06 /June /2012 11:41

Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports


Lower Coyne Street, Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland






June 2012
Dear Friends,

Sincere thanks to all who have signed the online petition calling on the Government of Ireland to ban the cruel practice of hare coursing.


If you haven’t signed it, it takes just a few seconds. Each time a person signs this petition, an email immediately goes to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, requesting the abolition of hare coursing.


Hare coursing is a so-called "sport" in which hares (jack rabbits to Americans) are set up as bait for greyhounds to chase and terrorize. Many hares are killed or horribly injured each year as they are mauled or tossed about like rag dolls on the coursing fields. Some hares die within seconds of being struck by the fast moving dogs. Others die of agonizing internal injuries, such as bone breakages that cannot heal.


Here's the petition:





Financial sponsorship keeping hare coursing cruelty alive in Ireland



Apart from lobbying the government on this issue, we are seeking to persuade various companies that financially sponsor hare coursing to withdraw such support.


Though many small sponsors have withdrawn support from hare coursing in Ireland, mainly in response to appeals from the various animal rights/protection groups, a few companies persist in pumping money into the practise.

The major sponsor is Greyhound and Pet World, which gives massive financial backing to hare coursing events. In particular it sponsors the annual marathon three-day hare coursing “festival” in which captive hares are terrorized and subjected to horrific injuries for three successive days on a converted racecourse.

Without this kind of sponsorship, many hare coursing clubs would have to cease their activities due to lack of funding. Already the number of clubs operating throughout the country has decreased over the past twenty years for this very reason.

We are therefore appealing for the help of other groups in our bid to persuade this major hare coursing sponsor, Greyhound and Pet World, to stop financing the practise. The company is probably weighing the pros and cons of any decision on whether to continue sponsoring hare coursing or otherwise. Your requests to it may tip the balance in favour of the animals.

So, bearing in mind that sponsorship is the very lifeblood of this appalling animal cruelty, we’d be grateful if you (or you members) could send a message to Greyhound and Pet World, asking the company to cease all financial sponsorship of hare coursing in Ireland. A brief email, letter, or phone call would suffice.

Here are the company’s contact details:

Address: Greyhound and Pet World, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, Ireland.

Email: greyhounds@eircom.net

Phone:  (from outside Ireland)  00 353 6831389

And from within Ireland: 068-31389.


Thanking you,


John Fitzgerald,


Campaign for the Abolition

Of Cruel Sports

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