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Sentinel55
15-01-2014, 09:58 PM
Hare coursing continued right the festive season...Weather is never a problem for this "sport"...it can be held in hail, rain, snow...stormy weather...wind-swept or frozen or water-logged fields. Coursing clubs compliment each other on "braving the elements". They wrap themselves up in snug winter clothing while the hares run from hyped-up dogs. At any coursing event, hares can be mauled or otherwise injured, but they tend to suffer a lot more when the ground is frozen or sodden...

Britain and NI have banned this. Before them Australia and New Zealand banned it, and most of Europe. Politicians here won't budge on the issue.



http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2014/01/514671.html

C. Flower
15-01-2014, 10:30 PM
Hare coursing continued right the festive season...Weather is never a problem for this "sport"...it can be held in hail, rain, snow...stormy weather...wind-swept or frozen or water-logged fields. Coursing clubs compliment each other on "braving the elements". They wrap themselves up in snug winter clothing while the hares run from hyped-up dogs. At any coursing event, hares can be mauled or otherwise injured, but they tend to suffer a lot more when the ground is frozen or sodden...

Britain and NI have banned this. Before them Australia and New Zealand banned it, and most of Europe. Politicians here won't budge on the issue.

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2014/01/514671.html

I can think of local politicians who are in the thick of this.

Is the hare population stable, increasing or decreasing, by the way?

Holly
15-01-2014, 11:22 PM
Like Margaret Rutherford in Murder At The Gallop, I am against blood sports.

Sentinel55
16-01-2014, 01:06 PM
It's threatend by factors unrelated to coursing such as urbanisation and loss of habit resulting from intensive farming, but hares could do without the additional pressure from nationwide netting for coursing. Coursing clubs claim they conserve hares. In fact they merely hold sufficient numbers for their own purposes. They claim there are more hares in districts where coursing is held. True only in the sense that "hare density" is obviously greater in an area where eighty or more of the animals are being confined in readiness for the "sport". The main objection to hare coursing is on animal welfare grounds.

Juan Reley
16-01-2014, 06:03 PM
Seems odd that he is a protected species (http://www.conserveireland.com/mammals/irish_hare.php), yet can be thrown alive to the dogs.

fluffybiscuits
17-01-2014, 03:36 PM
It's threatend by factors unrelated to coursing such as urbanisation and loss of habit resulting from intensive farming, but hares could do without the additional pressure from nationwide netting for coursing. Coursing clubs claim they conserve hares. In fact they merely hold sufficient numbers for their own purposes. They claim there are more hares in districts where coursing is held. True only in the sense that "hare density" is obviously greater in an area where eighty or more of the animals are being confined in readiness for the "sport". The main objection to hare coursing is on animal welfare grounds.


Seems odd that he is a protected species (http://www.conserveireland.com/mammals/irish_hare.php), yet can be thrown alive to the dogs.

http://www.fluffybiscuits.org/2012/03/graduation-theory-why-stag-hunters-may.html

That also is a factor (thats a blog piece I wrote)

Some hares suffer horrific injuries as a result of the mauling they get (even if the dogs have muzzles)

Photos on Indymedia of some of the sports.

@Juan I wasnt aware it was protected! Its a subspecies too so it has a limited population.