The above comment was put up by someone in another thread. The point about hare-coursing being no longer a bloodsport has been contested for some time by animal rights activists. And now they have the video evidence to prove they were right all along.k_______ said:I follow coursing and try my best to make a living from it. I enjoy it and none of the coursing fraternity want to see 1 hare getting killed, you may ask why do I follow/support coursing. It was built in to me as young person growing up in Ireland and I've met a number of lifelong friends from it and for that I'm grateful. For followers it's a sport (not a bloodsport following introduction of muzzles) so it's very similar to someone being passionate about GAA or Athletics, just another sport. A little off the point but the reason for the post is to put into context why people follow sports like coursing.
The footage below was taken by the Association of Hunt Saboteurs Ireland at the Powerstown Park coursing final on February 3rd this year.This shows a wounded hare slowly dying in the "escape" enclosure.
The hare is left in severe pain, wriggling and dying. No one comes to his assistance and so he dies a slow and distressing death. He cannot stand up, having been tossed around by the two dogs. This hare obviously ran in fear to the escape hatch despite already sustaining bone breaks and internal injuries.
Also, at 1m 24s, a greyhound clearly enters the hare's "escape" enclosure. This shows the slip to be too high, allowing the chased hares no sanctuary.
This proves beyond all doubt that live hare coursing is still inherently cruel despite attempts by the Irish Coursing Council to claim otherwise. What's more - they're not regulating it.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTi2k6nfJSo&feature=email"]YouTube- HARE COURSING FINAL 2010 FOOTAGE of dying Hare.[/ame]