Although it’s unfortunately unsurprising in the least to hear that just 20 TDs voted in favour of banning hare coursing, it’s still fairly depressing that so many of our elected officials are pro-bloodsports.
Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill to ban hare coursing drew a total of 134 TDs with 20 voting in favour of the ban and a staggering 114 voting against. That’s 114 representatives that have ignored the suffering, injury and death caused to hares because of this “sport”.
The rejection of this bill comes despite a majority of Irish citizens favouring a ban on hare coursing. But who cares what the Irish people think, right? Certainly not our elected representatives!
Thousands of hares are snatched from the wild and chased by greyhounds every year. Some of the hares will be battered and mauled into the ground by the dogs and others will sustain injuries so severe that they will die on the coursing fields. All will suffer the fear and stress of running for their lives.
This isn’t the first time people have tried to make a change, as the late Tony Gregory tried and failed to pass the bill in 1993. This shows an unbroken pattern of uncaring, willful ignorance on the part of the TDs we elect of the suffering of animals over a long period of time.
Speaking on the bill, Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan said, “Every year thousands of hares are snatched from the countryside, held in captivity for several weeks, and then taken to wire-enclosed fields or racecourses. On coursing day, every hare has to run for its life.”
Here is the full list of those who voted for and against the bill:
Tá (YES) 20
Richard Boyd Barrett
Thomas P. Broughan
Níl (NO) 114
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
Danny Healy Rae
Mary Lou McDonald
Mary Mitchell O’Connor
Kevin Boxer Moran
Margaret Murphy O’Mahony
Éamon Ó Cuív
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire
Aengus Ó Snodaigh
John Paul Phelan
Ireland is one of the last remaining countries in the world that allows hare coursing and it shows us up as backwards and barbaric. Please sign the petition to ban hare coursing in Ireland!