Cruelty, Compassion, Campaigning, Political Corruption, Crooked cops…
— The ongoing campaign to abolish hare coursing in Ireland is a story of compassion versus cruelty on one level…but it’s more than that. It’s also a story of political corruption and crooked cops…of powerful people using their influence to suppress to a vile form of animal cruelty. All Gods Creatures Deserve a Fighting Chance.
This petition is one way to express one’s abhorrence of hare coursing. Another way, for me, was to set down the story of the campaign and how it impacted on at least one campaigner…myself:
Because these activities make life a living hell on earth for animals in Ireland.
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Ireland’s animal welfare rules are supposedly being updated under a new law. Please tell our government to outlaw, as a matter of urgency, a number of extremely cruel practises that make life a living hell on earth for animals in Ireland…
Three of the worst practises are 1) Fox hunting, 2) Hare coursing, and 3) possibly the worst obscenity, the use of half-starved terriers and cross-bred dogs in “unearthing” foxes that seek refuge underground from pursuing hounds and hunt followers.
The Minister for Agriculture has already indicated that although he does not wish to ban foxhunting itself in its entirety, he is repulsed by the “dig-out” practise and is not in favour of it.
This is where you come in, and where you can really help to end this horrendous form of animal cruelty. Please relay to the Minister via this petition the message that Ireland’s image as a nation will not in any way benefit from allowing this appalling practise to continue for one more day.
The picture shows the effects of this “sport”. We are sure you will agree that such treatment of an animal, any animal, is abhorrent in the extreme. It shows a foxhunter proudly displaying a fox his dog has “unearthed” and the dog that is, sadly, also a victim of this depraved activity.
Hare coursing can, and should, also be banned under the Animal Welfare Act, though it is currently exempted from prohibition. This practice, as you may already know, involves setting greyhounds after live hares in wired enclosures and results in thousands of these gentle creatures being horribly mauled or battered every year by the dogs for “sport”. And of course many dogs also are injured or die in the process.
So, we are asking you to sign this petition to ensure that dog and cat murderers, fox hunting, digging out of foxes, and hare coursing are banned once and for all under the Animal Welfare Act. http://www.change.org.
Here is a brief video clip of a dig out:
Life-long hunter Walter Palmer closed his practice today and said he was willing to cooperate with any investigation, as guides he used in the hunt face charges in Zimbabwe.
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