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Last year, the Irish Mirror reported that during 54 coursing events in Ireland, 40 hares were killed and hundreds more were maimed, injured, or found unfit to be chased. Sign today to put pressure on Ireland to end this barbaric blood sport.
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Hare coursing is an atrocious and inhumane practice that is still taking place in Ireland today. Hare coursing involves capturing wild hares and letting them loose again in an enclosed area to be chased and terrorized by larger animals— usually dogs. When the hares are captured in the wild, they are thrown into holding cages where they must coexist with other hares and tolerate sub-par conditions.

Hare coursing is a competitive sport in Ireland and is conducted purely for entertainment. There is simply no good reason the hares should have to endure this kind of torture and terror.

Hare coursing is illegal Scotland, Wales and England and became illegal in Northern Ireland in 2011. Despite their tradition of hare coursing and other animal blood sports like badger baiting, bear baiting and dog fighting, these nations have decided to abandon old, cruel practices. Sign the petition asking the Republic of Ireland's Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys and Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to see that this cruel practice is put to rest once and for all.

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Dear Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister Simon Coveney,

I find it appalling that Ireland is still conducting the cruel sport of hare coursing. It involves capturing innocent hares from the wild, subjecting them to abhorrent conditions in captivity, and then releasing them into an enclosed area to be chased down by dogs. This is the most inhumane practice I have ever heard of, and it needs to stop now.

During the act of hare coursing, the rabbits suffer grave physical and psychological injuries. Not only do they sustain painful wounds, they are also often so scared they die from the stress of the events.

This sport is on-par with dog fighting and should be outlawed completely. Hare coursing is illegal Scotland, Wales and England and became illegal in Northern Ireland in 2011. Despite their tradition of hare coursing and other animal blood sports like badger baiting, bear baiting and dog fighting, these nations have decided to abandon old, cruel practices.

Please see to it that hare coursing is done away with forever. We can't stand by and let these poor animals continue to be tortured in this way.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures


Mar 25, 2017 Lydia Johns
Mar 25, 2017 Jenny M
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Jamie Polczynski
Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz
Mar 24, 2017 Carolyn Beck
Mar 24, 2017 GERI GASIOROWSKI
Mar 24, 2017 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Mar 23, 2017 Theresa Meade
Mar 23, 2017 J Kies
Mar 23, 2017 Angela Tune
Mar 23, 2017 Beatriz Zebadua
Mar 23, 2017 Jenna Wilson
Mar 23, 2017 Tanya Rodriguez
Mar 23, 2017 Kat Gallagher
Mar 23, 2017 sheryl claxton
Mar 23, 2017 Don Perkins
Mar 23, 2017 Stephanie Hermiston
Mar 23, 2017 Georgia Roussis
Mar 23, 2017 E HARRISON
Mar 22, 2017 Tatiana Gajdosova
Mar 21, 2017 DOROTHY MILLIGAN
Mar 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2017 Caridad Romaine
Mar 17, 2017 Terri Wagoner
Mar 16, 2017 P Plunkett
Mar 16, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 16, 2017 Susan Mack
Mar 15, 2017 Karen Redd
Mar 15, 2017 kathy raggio
Mar 15, 2017 Paula Mesropian
Mar 15, 2017 Lisette Riendeau
Mar 15, 2017 Paula Nichols
Mar 15, 2017 Susan LaFond Please explain how this is a "sport" - surely Ireland's sensibilities have advanced beyond such a cruel and outdated practice!
Mar 15, 2017 Harold Bruce
Mar 15, 2017 Paul Statman
Mar 15, 2017 Jo Anne Blackstone
Mar 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2017 Carolyn Klein
Mar 14, 2017 Ruth Benschoter
Mar 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 14, 2017 Ellen Penick
Mar 14, 2017 kathleen stanger
Mar 14, 2017 Barb Breese
Mar 14, 2017 Estela Moreno
Mar 14, 2017 Amy Finegan
Mar 14, 2017 Cathleen Cascia
Mar 14, 2017 diana roberts

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