Saturday 22 July 2017

Coursing is indefensible -- even hares that escape soon die

A coursing meeting in Clonmel, Co Tipperary
A coursing meeting in Clonmel, Co Tipperary

In his shameful defence of coursing, Brian Purcell of 'The Apprentice' claims that "the hare always gets away" (Irish Independent, March 20).

National Parks and Wildlife Service monitoring reports show that his statement is completely false. These routinely record the hares that have not got away, including ones killed after suffering agonising injuries such as dislocated hips and broken legs.

In coursing clubs in Mr Purcell's native Kerry, hares have been mauled so severely by greyhounds that they had to be put down.

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