Friday 15 December 2017

Take the cruelty out of coursing

THE Irish Coursing Club has offered a reward of €20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever caused a hare to be ill-treated in an incident caught on film by two Swedish students who attended the National Coursing Meeting in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, in February.

While commending any initiative that advances the cause of animal welfare, I cannot help reflecting that such proactive concern and compassion for the plight of Irish hares used in coursing has not been evident in the past.

To my knowledge, no coursing club has ever previously offered a reward in relation to any one of the many thousands of hares that have been terrorised, injured, or killed at coursing events over the decades.

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