including some extracts from ICABS‘ pages
The Republic of Ireland has become one of the last remaining countries in the world to allow hare coursing. The blood sport has already been banned in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and remains illegal in most civilised nations.
Why have so many countries made this blood sport illegal? Because it's cruel. And cruelty not only damages the victim, it damages those who participate and the wider community.
Join ICABS in their campaign to ban hare coursing in Ireland – loads of actions you can take to help. Just for starters, they've three petitions – good petitions, well thought out and backed up with action:
And there's more! Check out their campaign page.
While Section 12 of Ireland's own Animal Welfare Act 2013 lists the crimes of animal cruelty, and the associated punishments, it's final subsection 11 states -
Nothing in this section applies in relation to anything which occurs in the ordinary course of ... coursing a hare ...
In other words, the government pretty much admits that this blood sport is cruel, ie. it falls within the initial list of animal cruelty crimes, while at the same time making this particular cruel crime exempt from prosecution and punishment. Or, put another way, the Irish government are admitting that coursing is cruel – but they're not going to do anything about it. See our earlier comments here.