Hare coursing not a conservation method

The League Against Cruel Sports has criticised new research published by Queen’s University for failing to adequately consider vital issues of concern in regards to the ‘conservation’ supposedly offered by hare coursing.

The Irish hare can suffer from injuries and fatality at all stages of the coursing process including capture, handling, transportation captivity, during the coursing event and also after release.

Of particular concern is the impact of a stress based syndrome ‘capture myopathy’. The syndrome leads to a compromise in the immune system and consequently death to hares which have appeared to initially survived a coursing event. This syndrome is thought to vastly increase the number of mortalities by the ‘sport’ and its effects on the local population are unknown.

A key report made to the EU Commission (2008), which rated the conservation status of the Irish hare as POOR also highlighted concern on the effects coursing has on the ‘the impact on local population demographics of hare removal and return.

Northern Ireland Campaigner, Mary Friel said: “Coursing is not a conservation measure, when the numbers of Irish hare fell, Northern Ireland coursing clubs had great difficulty finding hares, even in the areas where their ‘conservation efforts’ were being made. The negative impact coursing has on the welfare of hares far outweighs any perceived benefits to conservation.”

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    Hare coursing = ‘conservation’ – they must be joking, but it’s a very sick joke!


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