Ian O'Doherty: An animal lover who eats meat -- am I a hypocrite?
Published 01/04/2011 | 05:00
Horror show: The recent riot at the Smithfield Horse Market shocked many, but the market itself is 'fundamentally unsafe'
This weekend sees two events that will horrify animal lovers across this country, but which are also sadly indicative of how the Irish view animals.
In Clonmel, we will witness a gala event dedicated to hare coursing, a brutal, barbaric and cowardly practice that, regardless of what defenders of coursing claim, often ends up with the hare being torn apart, still alive and screaming in pain and mortal fear by a pack of dogs -- many of whom have themselves been brutalised and treated incredibly badly.