Sunday 24 September 2017

New season of coursing cruelty

JUST weeks after a historic ban outlawing hare coursing in Northern Ireland, Environment Minister John Gormley has issued a hare-netting licence to coursers here in the Republic.

The licence gives the go-ahead to another season of coursing cruelty from the end of September, with the netting of hares starting on August 14 (a fortnight earlier than previous years).

The continuation of coursing puts even more pressure on our beleaguered hare population, which continues to be identified as a species under threat.

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