BAN HARE COURSING Demonstration Hare at Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries /beside Dail Eireann
Monday 30th January 2012.
Time 12.30 until 2pm. [press 1-2pm]
The opening day of the three-day so-called “National Coursing Festival” in Clonmel County Tipperary starts on Januray 30th, the Association of Hunt Saboteurs (AOHS) and the Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (CACS) will jointly organise a one hour protest outside the Dept. of Agriculture in Kildare Street DUBLIN, beside the Dail on that day Monday 30th January.
The National Coursing event is the culmination of the hare coursing season, the “All-Ireland Finals” of this barbaric and utterly discredited blood sport in which hares and dogs alike are exposed to the risk of serious injury or death. The fun consists of forcing hares to run from pairs of hyped-up dogs on part of a race course that is adapted annually to accommodate this terror-fest. Last year, a normally pro-coursing leading vet slammed the appalling treatment of greyhounds in Clonmel, where a number sustained injuries, as well as attacking the use of weak hares. More recently, FOI reports revealed that hares were mauled or otherwise horribly injured at coursing events nationwide over the past two years.
We chose the venue for our protest this year for a specific reason: Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney will shortly be introducing the long promised animal welfare bill. Though he has pledged that the bill will address many animal protection issues, we are concerned at the government’s refusal to say whether hare coursing will be one of them. We suspect that hare coursing will once again be exempted from our animal cruelty laws. This has happened in the past in response to lobbying from powerful, lavishly financed pro-animal baiting groups. We welcome members of the public and anyone concerned about ill-treatment of animals to join our protest on January 30th.
Press Officer AOHS.
WE HOPE THE COURT CASE ON THIS DAY WILL BRING DOWN THE ICC. …and so end Coursing.
NO BAILOUT for the ICC.
Demo at Dail Eireann…Appeal to Government NOT to consider any financial bail-out of Irish Coursing Club!
The Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (CACS), the Association of Hunt Saboteurs (AOHS) and other animal protection groups will organise a demo outside Dail Eireann on Tuesday, January 18th, to coincide with what we deem an historic and welcome development in the long-running campaign to end the cruel so-called “sport of live hare coursing in Ireland…
On that day, the Commercial Court is due to decide on the amount of damages to be awarded against the Irish Coursing Club in a case it lost to a property developer that sued the Club for breach of contract over the sale of a strip of land in Clonmel, County Tipperary.
Limerick-based Greenband Investments won its case and the damages could amount to six million Euro or more.
Because the ICC is an un-incorporated body, its members will be liable to pay this enormous bill, or the Club will have to sell off a sizable chunk of its property, including the shamed Powerstown Park in Clonmel, venue of the annual three-day festival of cruelty at which hares are terrorised for sick fun. Either way, the ICC is in deep trouble.
However, CACS, AOHS, and other groups opposed to live hare coursing are fearful that the government may opt to bale out the ICC, given the fact that the greyhound industry has in the past received considerable funding from taxpayers’ money, and Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s enthusiastic endorsement of hare coursing.
We especially hope that the Green members of the government will ensure that not one cent goes to propping up the governing body of one of the world’s most cruel and barbaric blood sports.
The demo will run from 1 pm to 2 pm.
· Following is an example of what passes for “sport” in our discredited greyhound industry.
· This is the full judgment on the ICC case
Bernadette Wright, PRO,
CACS Phone 0863271179
Please click the link above.