Coursing an insult to the name of sport

DESPITE the recent Arctic weather conditions, hare coursing continued over the festive season.

What a shame that these timid creatures are still being used as live bait in a cruel blood sport as we move beyond the first decade of the 21st century.

There can be no excuse or justification for terrorising an animal that poses no threat whatsoever to man, especially given the fact that there is a viable alternative in the sport of drag coursing that has proven so popular in Australia, Britain, Northern Ireland and other jurisdictions where the baiting of live hares has been abolished.

Coursing people claim they hate to see a hare suffer, so why their objection to taking this innocent creature completely out of the equation? Setting two hyped-up greyhounds after a hare in a wired enclosure is anathema to the whole concept of sport, which is about competition and fair play.

Hare coursing is an insult to the name of sport.

John Fitzgerald

Lower Coyne Street


Co Kilkenny

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