Animal Protection > Worldwide Actions > Ireland
Demonstrations Against Cruel Hare Coursing

25 January 2013

Please support one or both of the upcoming anti-coursing demonstrations. On Friday February 1st, there will be a demo outside the Dail. On Monday February 4th, a demo will be held outside Powerstown Park, Clonmel.

Protest Details:

Friday, February 1st, 2013
12.30pm to 2pm
Outside Dail Eireann
Kildare St, Dublin

Monday, February 4th, 2013
12 noon sharp to 2pm
Outside Powerstown Park
Powerstown Road / N24
Clonmel, Co Tipperary
Find location on Google Street
Get Driving Directions from anywhere in Ireland
Co-ordinates: 52.36279443752316,-7.683886589718633 or 52° 21' 46.06'',-8° 18' 58.01''

Travelling on public transport? Visit the Bus Eireann and Irish Rail websites for options.

If you are travelling to either protest by car and can offer others a lift, please let us know.


Express your support for a ban on coursing: Sign a petition

Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Ask them to back a ban on hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
Fax: 01-6764048

An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Iveagh House,
80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)
Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400

Appeal to the Minister for Agriculture

Please appeal to the Minister for Agriculture to remove an exemption for coursing from the new Animal Health and Welfare Bill.

Simon Coveney, TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Appeal to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs

Please write to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and demand that he stops licensing hare coursing.

Jimmy Deenihan, TD
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
23 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Email: [with a copy to An Taoiseach]
Tel: (01) 631 3802
Fax: (01) 661 1201

Contact all your local TDs now. Tell them you are one of the majority who want coursing banned. Remind them that coursing is already illegal in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Urge them to respect the wishes of the majority of the electorate and back the anti-coursing bill being introduced by Maureen O'Sullivan, TD and Clare Daly, TD.

Find out the names of your TDs and their email addresses.

If you prefer to post a letter to your TDs, address your correspondence to:
Dáil Éireann
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2.

Campaign Videos: Ban Coursing in Ireland

More ICABS Videos

See more videos exposing the cruelty of coursing on our Youtube Channel -

Slideshow: the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

The victims of coursing

All hares used in coursing are victims and they all suffer the fear and stress of being violently snatched from their habitats, thrown into crates, transported to coursing compounds and kept in captivity for months. Among the hare injuries and deaths recorded are:

    A hare "squealing in distress" after being caught by a muzzled dog

    A hare suffering with "a badly broken hind leg"

    A hare "carrying a hind leg"

    A hare with "a damaged hind toe"

    A coursed hare with a "badly broken hind leg [which] seemed to be in great distress"

    A hare in agony in a coursing enclosure with its leg "almost completely broken off".

    A hare destroyed by a vet after it was found suffering with a dislocated hip

    A hare that died "from knocks sustained during coursing"

    A hare released back into the wild with a "damaged leg" that "could be broken"

    A hare found dead in a coursing compound after succumbing to pneumonia.

    A vet treated three hares for "minor abrasions" and "witnessed three other hares that appeared to die after coursing without any outward signs of injury. One of these was sent to the local regional veterinary laboratory. Post-mortem findings included internal adhesions, suggestive of an old condition."

    Seven hares badly hit by greyhounds, with three dying as a result of the injuries.

    An injured hare with "marks on its back and bare areas".

    Two hares found dead in a coursing club paddock. An autopsy showed that one died from well established pneumonia while the other died from so-called "natural causes". Another died "during transportation from Loughrea to Westport."

    13 hares hit by dogs and 1 put down because of injuries and 3 died from injuries. Veterinary opinion was that they died "from knocks sustained during coursing the previous day."

More information about hare coursing

Coursing: Leaflet | Photos | Videos | Petition

Make a donation to ICABS

Please consider making a small donation to ICABS. For more details, please click on the button below or follow this link to find out how to become a campaign supporter. Thank you.

Fair Use Notice and Disclaimer
Send questions or comments about this web site to Ann Berlin,