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January 29 2013 3 29 /01 /January /2013 15:56

Venue: Dail Eireann, Kildare Street, Dublin.

 Date: Friday, February 1st.

 

 Time: 12.30 pm to 2 pm

 

Just letting you know that a number of animal protection groups will be holding a peaceful protest outside Dail Eireann in Kildare Street, Dublin, on Friday, February 1st. The purpose of the protest will be to focus attention on the marathon three-day National Hare Coursing “festival”, which commences at the weekend. Everyone welcome.

 

The protest runs from 12 noon to 2 pm and we hope to have some sympathetic politicians join us outside the Dail.

 

We aim to draw attention to the fact that hares continue to be horribly injured and mauled at coursing events, despite the muzzling of greyhounds. This is borne out by reports of National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rangers who attend a number of coursing fixtures each season in a monitoring capacity.

 

The reports for the 2011/2012 season, obtained under FOI, show that hares were struck by greyhounds, mauled, tossed about, or otherwise injured at many events around the country.

 

The protest comes at the crucial phase in the campaign to ban hare coursing in Ireland: The Government’s Animal Health and Welfare Bill is still proceeding slowly through the Oireachtas and Fine Gael is insisting that it wants to exempt hare coursing from the prohibition on animal cruelty.

 

We believe this is an outrageous perversion of what the government initially promised would be a comprehensive piece of legislation to update animal protection and stamp out all forms of cruelty to animals.

 

·         Here is a brief film showing hare coursing in Ireland (it’s about one and a half minutes long):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=D58qbzC-GI4

It will be great to see you there on Friday if you can make it.

 

Thanking you,

 

Sincerely,

 

John Fitzgerald,

Campaign for the Abolition

Of Cruel Sports

 

two coursing fans with dying hare

 

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