Irish politician, Junior Agriculture Minister Shane McEntee (Fine Gael, Meath East) tries to claim that there's no danger to hares used as lures in hare coursing.
As this video shows, his outrageous claim is utterly false.
Hares are injured and die at all stages of coursing - while being violently netted from the wild, during stressful weeks in captivity and from being hit and mauled by muzzled greyhounds.
Some of the countless victims include:
(information from Irish Council Against Blood Sports website)
A hare "squealing in distress" after being caught by a muzzled dog
A hare in agony in a coursing enclosure with its leg "almost completely broken off"
A coursed hare with a "badly broken hind leg which seemed to be in great distress"
A hare with "a damaged hind toe"
A hare destroyed by a vet after it was found suffering with a dislocated hip
A hare that died "from knocks sustained during coursing"
A hare released back into the wild with a "damaged leg" that "could be broken"
A hare found dead in a coursing compound after succumbing to pneumonia
Seven hares badly hit by greyhounds, with three dying as a result of the injuries
An injured hare with "marks on its back and bare areas" 3 hares which died from what a vet described as "knocks sustained during coursing
the previous day"
40 hares which died at a coursing meeting from stress-related illness. A vet stated that 'under the influence of stress, the hare's immune system is compromised and organisms suddenly multiply rapidly to cause a severe clinical disease and untimely death. Hares being normally solitary animals are significantly stressed when corralled and coursed'
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