04. ICABS responds to vet's defence of cruel coursing
ICABS has responded to a veterinary surgeon who openly defended hare coursing. In a letter to the editor published in the Irish Examiner, we challenged the vet's claim that coursers"hold the welfare of the Irish hare very close to their hearts".
In his letter of October 6th, Vet Tommy Kearney also said that when he attended a coursing meetingin Glin, Co Limerick, he was "immediately struck by the importance of this event in the community"and that he would "urge anybody to make a point of attending a meeting." You can read Mr Kearney'sletter in full at http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer Responding, ICABS described the claim as wrong and commented that it was horrifying that a vetwould defend the blood sport. Please scroll down to read our reply in full.
Time for the curtain to come down on coursing
Letter to the Editor, Irish Examiner, 10 October 2009IT was horrifying to see an actual veterinary surgeon defending cruel coursing (Letters, October 6).Tommy Kearney's claim that coursers "hold the welfare of the Irish hare very close to their hearts" is just plain wrong.Veterinary Ireland clearly defines welfare as "a state of well-being in which an animal ... is notsubjected to unnecessary pain, fear or suffering". In coursing, hares are subjected to all three.Over the years, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports has uncovered just some of this suffering:hares squealing in distress after being caught by muzzled dogs, pregnant hares forced to run for their lives, a hare with a fractured femur and another in agony with its leg "almost completely broken off".When I attended a meeting at Glin some years ago, I was immediately struck by the sickeningscenes of suffering. I saw a hare pummelled into the ground and another hit so hard that it wascertainly left with broken bones.There is no justification whatsoever for subjecting animals to this abuse. The time has come for thecurtain to come down on coursing.Philip KiernanIrish Council Against Blood SportsPO Box 88, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
05. Gormley grants hare net licence
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports roundly condemns the decision made by EnvironmentMinister John Gormley to grant yet another licence to capture hares from the wild for use aslive lures for greyhounds in the cruel and primitive "sport" of hare coursing.
We are astounded that a "GREEN" Minister would issue such a licence, not only because of theinherent animal cruelty but also due to the fact that hares in the wild are in decline. Last year Minister Gormley himself issued a report on the Status of EU Protected Habitats and Species in Ireland, whichrated the conservation status of the Irish hare as "poor" with reasons gives as loss of habitat,increased urbanisation and hunting. This decline continues, as a recent survey published in NorthernIreland shows, and in response to that decline all hare hunting across the border has beensuspended for the last five years, with Edwin Poots, NI Environment Minister last week extending thatprotection for yet another year.