protect the hare as part of an All-Ireland plan, and placed a tem-porary ban as they have done.By issuing this licence, MinisterJohn Gormley has disregardedthe issue of cruelty. Every cours-ing season, hares are injuredand killed by greyhounds atcoursing meetings and last yearwas no exception, as reportsobtained by ICABS under FOIrevealed.For example, at Enniscorthy - 7hares were mauled by dogs, withsix dying of their injuries;Ballyheighue, Co. Kerry - 6 hareshit and 4 killed; Gorey -11 hareshit, 7 injured and 5 put downbecause of injuries; Doon - 11hares hit, 4 died from injuries,and so the catalogue of crueltycontinues, year on year, as weapproach 2010 in a so-calledcivilised country!
Please express your disap-pointment at John Gormley'sdecision to licence anotherseason of coursing cruelty.Email: email@example.com a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01-8882403. Fax:01-8788640. Alternatively, sendthe sample letter below toMinister John Gormley, Dept ofthe Environment, CustomHouse, Dublin 1, Ireland.
Dear Minister Gormley,I am extremely disappointed at your granting of a licence to the Irish Coursing Club for a cruel activity which the majority of Irish people want outlawed.Facilitating a blood sport in this way is counter to the Irish Green Party's stated opposition to the exploitation of animals. It is also totally at odds with Section 7 of the Irish Green Party's Animal Welfare Policy which was passed by your National Council in 2005 Based on conservation grounds, you had very good rea- sons to refuse this licence.I do not accept your assertion that "there is no current evidence that coursing has a significant effect on hare populations".Coursing is responsible for mas- sive interference with the species (including disturbance of preg- nant hares, nursing mothers and leverets) and depletes vulnerable population pockets which cumu- latively can lead to extinction.Yours sincerely,[Name and location]
Minister Gormley: Ignoredappeals to protect hares
GORMLEY GRANTSHARE NET LICENCE
THE IRISHCouncil AgainstBlood Sports roundly con-demns the decision made byEnvironment Minister JohnGormley to grant yet anotherlicence to capture hares fromthe wild for use as live luresfor greyhounds in the crueland primitive "sport" of harecoursing.
We are astounded that a"GREEN" Minister would issuesuch a licence, not only becauseof the inherent animal cruelty butalso due to the fact that hares inthe wild are in decline. Last yearMinister Gormley himself issueda report on the Status of EUProtected Habitats and Speciesin Ireland, which rated the con-servation status of the Irish hareas "POOR" with reasons givenas loss of habitat, increasedurbanisation and hunting.This decline continues, as arecent survey published inNorthern Ireland shows, and inresponse to that decline all harehunting across the border hasbeen suspended for the last fiveyears, with Edwin Poots, NIEnvironment Minister extendingthat protection for yet anotheryear in September.It is absolutely incredible thatwhile our Northern Ireland neigh-bours are taking measures toprotect the hare population, our"GREEN" Minister is recklesslyallowing the exploitation of ourvulnerable hares by coursersand other assorted hare hunters.He should have acted in con-cert with our close neighbours to