IRELAND'S COURSING

CRUELTY CATALOGUE
An Irish Council Against Blood Sports report
Victims of hare coursing
during the 2013/14 season
The ongoing cycle of hare coursing cruelty continues and in a few weeks, the coursers
are in line to receive another annual licence from new Minister for Arts Heritage, Heather
Humphreys. The licence will permit them to cruelly snatch in the region of 5,500 hares
from the wild for use as live lures at approx. 80 coursing meetings around the country.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports has recently
accessed reports on hare coursing meetings for the 2013/14 season of cruelty, and they make
for depressing reading as usual, with hares being mauled, injured and killed as they run for their
lives in fear and terror before greyhounds.
This year, in a new departure, the coursers, who are required to make returns to the National
Parks & Wildlife Services, detailing numbers of hares mauled, injured and killed, euphemistical-
ly describe hares being struck and mauled by greyhounds as “requiring assistance”. For exam-
ple, at Doon & District, 4 hares “required assistance” and were put down by the vet because of
their injuries; at Dundalk and Dowdallshill, 6 hares “required assistance”, 4 were euthanised by
vet and 3 died of “natural causes”, and in Tradaree in November 2013, the coursers claimed that
6 hares “required assistance”, resulting in 3 dying of “natural causes” though no post mortems
were carried out to establish cause of deaths, while at the same meeting, the National Parks
ranger stated that 13 hares were struck by dogs, and 3 were “found dead in the paddock” the
next day. And at Gorey, the National Parks ranger cited 4 hares hit by dogs, with 2 dying of their
injuries, while the coursers cited 3 hares “requiring assistance” and 1 put down, which points to
the fact that we can expect the coursers to minimise the number of victims.
In another case, New Ross, the National Parks ranger cited 14 hares struck by dogs, while cours-
ers claimed that only 11 hares were struck.
This year, only 23 coursing meetings were monitored by National Parks rangers, down signifi-
cantly on previous years. At one of these meetings, Liscannor, a ranger was “intimidated” when
she asked to check the hare paddock, and at Mallow, when a time was arranged with the National
Parks ranger for a supervised release of hares, the coursers failed to turn up and refused to pro-
vide a contact phone number. Failure to cooperate with the NPWS ranger is a breach of the
licence conditions.
At Fermoy, a vet failed to attend to a hare which had been hit, with the ranger stating: “…I asked
that the vet look at the hit hare but he did not come.” It is a condition of the hare netting licence
that a vet be in attendance at coursing meetings.
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is seeking a meeting with Minister Heather Humphreys,
who has responsibility for the National Parks & Wildlife Service, to put our case against the cruel
capture of hares from the wild for use in coursing, and to ask her to call on the coursers to imple-
ment drag coursing, the humane alternative to live hare coursing, for which have video evidence
filmed at a drag coursing meeting in Listry, Killarney last year, and which shows it works very well,
with the coursing dogs enthusiastically following the drag - see our footage at youtube.com/icabs
Aideen Yourell
Irish Council Against Blood Sports
INTRODUCTION
Dundalk & Dowdallshill 27/28 December 2013
Coursers stated that 6 hares "required assistance" and 4 were certified injured by vet,
with 4 put down by vet, with 3 dying of "natural causes". Vet noted 4 put down but said
nothing about 3 dying of "natural causes" or any post mortem having been carried out.
Tradaree 9/10 November 2013
Coursers claim that 6 hares "required assistance", with 3 dying of "natural causes" as
certified by vet, yet no post mortem was carried out by vet to establish cause of death.
Meanwhile the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) ranger cited 13 hares struck
by dogs (more than double the number claimed by the coursers), with 3 hares dead in
the paddock at the start of coursing on day 2.
Doon & District, 30 November and 1 December 2013
Coursers stated that 4 hares "required assistance", 4 certified injured by vet and 4 put
down by vet, because of injuries.
New Ross 4/5/6 October 2013
Coursers stated that 11 hares "required assistance", 1 hare certified injured and 1 put
down by vet. Meanwhile NPWS ranger stated that 14 hares were hit and 11 injured,
with 1 put down because of injuries, 3 more hits than claimed by the coursers, plus 10
more injured.
Gorey 26/27 October 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance", 1 injured and 1 put down, plus 3
considered "unsuitable for coursing" by vet. However, NPWS ranger cited 4 hares hit
by dogs with 2 dying of injuries.
Ballyduff, November 15/16/17 2013
Coursers stated that 6 hares "required assistance", 6 were examined by vet, 1 was
certified injured and 1 put down by vet.
Crohane & Killenaule, 19/20 October 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance", 2 certified injured and 2 put down
by vet.
Co. Carlow, 8/9/19 November 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance" 1 certified injured by vet and 1 put
down by vet.
Listowel 8/10 November 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance", 1 certified injured and 1 put down
because of injuries.
Fermoy 16/17 October 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance", 2 examined by vet, and 2 treated
for injuries by vet, with 1 declared "unsuitable for coursing on day 2. Meanwhile
NPWS ranger stated: "I did not meet vet. I asked that the vet look at the hit hare (on
day 1) but he did not come."
Liscannor, 28/29 September 2013
Coursers stated that 4 hares "required assistance" and treated for injuries, while the
National Parks ranger stated that 14 hares were hit by dogs and 1 injured and 3
mauled, adding that she "wished to check the paddock on the morning of the releases
but was unable to due to lack of co-operation and intimidation."
Wexford 27/28 December 2013
Coursers stated that 8 hares "required assistance, and 8 injured, with 5 deemed
"unsuitable for coursing" on day 2. However NPWS ranger cited 10 hares hit.
Co. Kerry, 26 December 2013 and 1 January 2014
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance" 2 certified injured and 2 put down
by vet.
Tubbercurry/Ballymena, 10/11/13 January 2014
Coursers stated that 5 hares "required assistance" during coursing. Vet stated that 1
injured hare was "released" and 1 was killed, but the coursers describe that as dying
from "natural causes". National Parks Ranger expressed concern about number of
hares released to Oyster Island after coursing meeting, saying that "37 were taken off
and 44 put back on. I am concerned that there may not be sufficient acreage on
Oyster Island for this number of hares."
13 hares struck by dogs (more
than double the number
claimed by the coursers), with
3 hares dead in the paddock
Tradaree, November 2013
Ranger unable to check hares
in the paddock "due to lack of
co-operation and intimidation"
Liscannor, September 2013
8 hares hit by dogs and "1
looked to be injured when
pinned against a wire fence"
Rathdowney, December 2013
Macroom, 15/16 January 2014
Coursers stated that 6 hares "required assistance", were examined by vet and 3 were
certified injured.
Mitchelstown, 2/3 November 2013
Coursers stated that 4 hares "required assistance" and were examined by vet.
However, vet stated that he treated 5 hares for injuries, and that 1 was "not suitable"
for coursing.
Miltown Malbay, 26/27 October 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance", were examined by vet and certified
injured. Vet stated 1 was "unfit".
Millstreet, 3/4 January 2014
Coursers stated that 4 hares "required assistance" and were examined by vet who
declared that 5 hares were "not suitable for coursing".
Limerick City, 2/3 November 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance", and were examined by a vet, who
stated that 2 were "not suitable for coursing" on day 2.
Knockgraffon, 23/24 November 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" and were examined by a vet, who
stated that 2 were "not suitable for coursing" on day 2.
Killimer Kilrush, 23/24 November 2014
Coursers stated that 5 hares "required assistance", and were examined by a vet who
stated that 4 were not "suitable for coursing" on day 2.
Glin, 4/5 October 2013
Coursers stated that 5 hares "required assistance".
North Kilkenny, 21/22 December 2013
Coursers stated that 9 hares "required assistance" with these being examined by vet,
and 2 died of "natural causes". Vet did not refer to these 2 dead hares nor was there a
post mortem, but he did state that 3 of the hares he examined were "not suitable for
coursing" on day 2. Vet therefore did not seem to be aware that 2 hares had died.
Mooncoin, 27/28 December 2013
Coursers stated that 1 hare "required assistance", was certified injured by vet and
euthanised.
Rathdowney 7/8 December 2013
Coursers claim that no hares "required assistance", though NPWS ranger's report
cites 8 hares hit by dogs and "1 looked to be injured when it was pinned against a
wire fence". Coursers claim also that 1 hare "escaped".
Rathkeale 25/25 November 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance", 1 certified injured, and 1 put down.
Mallow, 23/24 October 2013
Coursers stated that 4 hares "required assistance" and were examined by vet, with 1
dying from natural causes, as confirmed by vet. However, vet did not refer to any
injuries and deaths on his report and no post mortem was conducted. Interestingly, 3
were released on day 1 of coursing. NPWS ranger stated that "3 hit hares were
released without my knowledge after coursing on 23rd. Including these 3, there are 39
hares unaccounted for". Ranger further stated that she had arranged to meet the
coursers to supervise the release of 22 hares, but that at the appointed time, the
coursers had not turned up. She said that "while arranging this meeting, they (the
coursers) avoided giving me a mobile number, saying the organiser had no mobile and
shrugging when I asked for someone else's mobile". NOTE: The National Parks and
Wildlife Service censored part of the ranger's report.
Loughrea 19/20 October 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance". Meanwhile NPWS ranger stated
that 11 hares were hit by dogs, while querying 1 hare injured. The coursers claim that
1 hare escaped - "jumped when bringing them down to be released". NPWS ranger
stated that there were "discrepancies in the number of hares the club were claiming to
be in possession of." NOTE: NPWS censored this report, with some material deleted.
Vet stated 1 injured hare was
"released" and 1 was killed
Tubbercurry/Ballymena, January 2014
NPWS ranger stated that 11
hares were hit by dogs
Loughrea, October 2013
3 hares "required assistance",
were examined by a vet
and certified injured
Miltown Malbay, October 2013
1 hare treated for injuries and
1 "unsuitable for coursing"
East Donegal, December 2013
Galbally, 31 December 2013 and 1 January 2014
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" and 1 died from "natural causes"
as confirmed by vet, but vet never referred to this in his report, nor did he carry out a
post mortem. Vet said he treated 3 hares for injuries, however. Coursers claim that 1
hare escaped and another 2 were released on 31st December 2013.
Ennis Clarecastle 5/6 October 2013
Coursers state 5 hares "required assistance", 5 examined by vet, 2 died from "natural
causes" as confirmed by vet, with one hare "escaped". Vet stated that 5 hares were
treated for injuries, but did not refer to any deaths. No reference to post mortems.
NPWS ranger confirmed 4 hares hit on day 1, 1 injured and 1 died of injuries, but did
not attend meeting on day 2.
Westmeath United 12/13 October 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" during coursing on day 1, and that
these were examined by a vet, who stated that 3 hares were "not suitable" for cours-
ing. On release, coursers state that 2 missing hares had "escaped".
Thurles, Co. Tipperary, 26/27 October 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" and were examined by vet, who
stated that on day 2, 2 hares were "not suitable" for coursing.
Templetuohy, Co. Tipperary, 4/5 January 2014
Coursers state that 3 hares "required assistance" during coursing and that these were
examined by vet, who stated that on day 2, 2 hares were "not suitable" for coursing.
South Clare, Co. Clare, 26/27 December 2013
Coursers stated that 5 hares "required assistance" and 5 were injured.
Roscommon, 26/29 December 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" and that these were examined by a
vet, who stated that on day 2, 3 hares were "not suitable" for coursing?
Old Kilcullen, 3/4/5 December 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" during coursing, with 2 of these
examined by vet, who stated that 3 were "not suitable" for coursing.
Glanworth, 5/6 December 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" and these were examined by a vet,
with vet stating that 1 hare was "not suitable for coursing" on day 2. Coursers claimed
that 1 hare escaped during a course.
Edenderry, 18/19/20 October 2013
Coursers stated that 5 hares "required assistance" and that these were examined by a
vet, who stated that 5 "not suitable" for coursing
Cork, 26/27 December 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance", 2 examined by vet who stated that
2 were not suitable for coursing on day 2.
Cavan 15/16/17 November 2013
Coursers stated that 5 hares "required assistance" and 5 examined by vet, and one
declared "unsuitable for coursing" on day 3.
Castletown-Geoghegan, 14/15 December 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance" and were examined by vet, who
treated 2 for injuries and stated that 6 were "not suitable" for coursing.
Borrisoleigh, 26/27 December 2013
Coursers stated that 4 hares "required assistance" and were examined by vet who
stated that 3 were "not suitable for coursing" on day 2.
Bandon, 30 November and 1 December 2013
Coursers stated 1 hare "required assistance", 1 certified injured by vet.
Ballinagar, October 26/27 2013
Coursers stated that 4 hares "required assistance", 1 died of natural causes, as con-
firmed by vet, although no post mortem was carried out. It was claimed by coursers
that 1 hare escaped. Coursers captured 71 hares, yet only 69 were available for
coursing on day 1, leaving 2 unaccounted for.
Abbeyfeale, 28/29/30 December 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance" with vet stating that 3 were treated
for injuries.
Ballyheighue, 11/12 October 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance".
Borris-in-Ossory, 21/22 November 2013
Coursers stated that 1 hare "required assistance". They claimed that 2 hares escaped.
Castleisland, 26/27/28 October 2013
Coursers stated that 4 hares "required assistance", and 1 hare died in the escape
area. Coursers stated that among the hares captured, 4 were pregnant. They claimed
that these hares were released.
East Donegal, 7/8 December 2013
Coursers stated that 1 hare "required assistance" and was examined by a vet, who
stated that 1 hare was treated for injuries and 1 considered "unsuitable for coursing",
while ranger cited 1 hare injured.
East Donegal 2/3 November 2013
Coursers claim no hare hit, while ranger cites 1 hare hit.
Galway Oranmore 6/7 November 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance", 2 injured and 2 declared "unsuit-
able for coursing" on day 2.
Abbeydorney, 18/20 October 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance" and 2 examined by vet. Meanwhile
NPWS ranger stated that 3 hares were hit. No vet report? Coursers captured 91
hares, but 90 available for coursing on day 1, leaving 1 hare unaccounted for.
Trim, Co. Meath 2/3 November 2013
Coursers stated that 2 hares "required assistance" and 2 examined by vet, who
deemed 1 "unsuitable for coursing" on day 2.
Rathcormac 23/24 November 2013
Coursers stated that 3 hares "required assistance", 3 examined by vet who deemed 1
hare "unsuitable for coursing" on day 2.
HELP THE HARES
TAKE ACTION NOW
Contact the Minister for Arts and Heritage, Heather Humphreys, and
urge her not to issue a licence for another season of hare coursing.
Email "Stop the cruelty. No more coursing licences" to
Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie
or telephone your message in to 01 - 618 3408
Sign the petition: Save Irish hares from cruel coursing
https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/minister-simon-coveney-replace-hare-
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