Hunting wild animals is hardly fair game
Sir - It is the season to be jolly... but not for the wily fox, the gentle hare, and the majestic stag. They, alas, will not be basking in the happy glow of a winter wonderland.
The hare will, after his weeks of captivity compliments of the nearest coursing club, have to run from a pair of salivating greyhounds across a frosty, rain-swept, or water-logged field, and if he's unlucky his bones will be crushed or he'll treat spectators to an involuntary somersault or two before alighting on the "sporting" venue to continue his performance, the choreographic dicing with death that some human beings find amusing and that 114 TDs approved last June in a Dail vote on hare coursing.
The fox which, unlike a domestic dog, has no legal protection, has to put on a show for us humans, too.