Only 20 TDs Vote In Favour Of Banning Hare Coursing

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 

Mick Barry
Richard Boyd Barrett
Thomas P. Broughan
Joan Collins
Catherine Connolly
Ruth Coppinger
Clare Daly
Stephen Donnelly
John Halligan
Gino Kenny
Finian McGrath
Catherine Martin
Catherine Murphy
Paul Murphy
Maureen O’Sullivan
Shane Ross
Eamon Ryan
Róisín Shortall
Bríd Smith
Mick Wallace
Níl (NO) 114 

Gerry Adams
Bobby Aylward
Maria Bailey
Seán Barrett
John Brassil
Declan Breathnach
Pat Breen
Colm Brophy
James Browne
Richard Bruton
Pat Buckley
Peter Burke
Joan Burton
Mary Butler
Catherine Byrne
Thomas Byrne
Jackie Cahill
Dara Calleary
Seán Canney
Ciaran Cannon
Joe Carey
Pat Casey
Shane Cassells
Jack Chambers
Lisa Chambers
Michael Collins
Niall Collins
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
Simon Coveney
Barry Cowen
David Cullinane
John Curran
Jim Daly
Michael D’Arcy
John Deasy
Patrick Deering
Pearse Doherty
Regina Doherty
Paschal Donohoe
Timmy Dooley
Andrew Doyle
Bernard Durkan
Damien English
Martin Ferris
Frances Fitzgerald
Michael Fitzmaurice
Peter Fitzpatrick
Charles Flanagan
Seán Fleming
Brendan Griffin
Simon Harris
Michael Harty
Seán Haughey
Seamus Healy
Danny Healy Rae
Michael Healy-Rae
Martin Heydon
Brendan Howlin
Paul Kehoe
Enda Kenny
Martin Kenny
Seán Kyne
John Lahart
Michael Lowry
Marc MacSharry
Mary Lou McDonald
Helen McEntee
Mattie McGrath
Michael McGrath
John McGuinness
Tony McLoughlin
Josepha Madigan
Micheál Martin
Mary Mitchell O’Connor
Denise Mitchell
Kevin Boxer Moran
Michael Moynihan
Imelda Munster
Margaret Murphy O’Mahony
Dara Murphy
Eoghan Murphy
Eugene Murphy
Denis Naughten
Hildegarde Naughton
Tom Neville
Carol Nolan
Michael Noonan
Éamon Ó Cuív
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire
Aengus Ó Snodaigh
Jim O’Callaghan
Kate O’Connell
Willie O’Dea
Patrick O’Donovan
Fergus O’Dowd
Kevin O’Keeffe
Fiona O’Loughlin
Louise O’Reilly
Frank O’Rourke
Willie Penrose
John Paul Phelan
Maurice Quinlivan
Anne Rabbitte
Michael Ring
Noel Rock
Brendan Ryan
Eamon Scanlon
Seán Sherlock
Brendan Smith
Brian Stanley
David Stanton
Peadar Tóibín
Robert Troy
Leo Varadkar

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!

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