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Swedes embroiled in Irish animal welfare row

Paul O'Mahony · 11 Apr 2010, 12:45

Published: 11 Apr 2010 12:45 GMT+02:00

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Video footage recorded by the Swedes appeared to show the hare dying immediately after it was chased by greyhounds at a coursing meet in Clonmel, 170 kilometres southwest of Dublin.

But the Irish Coursing Club has countered that the animal's death was caused by outside forces seeking to discredit coursing and is offering a €20,000 reward to anybody with information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the animal's suffering.

"The hare in this video [...] is clearly restrained with a wire or thin cord, and appears to be convulsing. Closer inspection will show the hare is trying to escape from being restrained, and is possibly partly sedated or poisoned," ICC said in the statement.

The film, posted to the internet by an Irish anti-hunting group, claimed to show hares being chased by muzzled greyhounds as part of the national finals held on February 3rd. The action then switched to the hare enclosure, where the animals took refuge after the chase. There a hare was filmed writhing in agony before dying.

The Association of Hunt Saboteurs (AOHS) said the video offered evidence that coursing was a cruel sport despite the greyhounds being muzzled.

"We reject outright any suggestion by the ICC that AOHS members were responsible for interfering with the hare in any way," it said,

The two Swedish film makers have also rejected any suggestion that they were responsible for the hare's death.

"We filmed through the fence. We had no intention of filming a dying hare. We did not see any wires around the hares neck that some people claims [sic]. Just grass and branches on the ground," they said in a statement.

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Police in Clonmel are currently investigating the matter.

The Local has sought the film makers for a comment.

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15:05 April 11, 2010 by Nemesis
If the journalist had a a brain in his head or instead of having an Irish name had actually been to Ireland, he would know something was badly up here.

There is no way they could leave an injured hare lying there in the middle of a hare coursing event. If an animal is injured it is usually put down there and then. When the greyhounds are muzzled they can't get at the hare.

It would be a good bet that the muppets who made the film, injured the animal and through it over the fence.

The cord is to swing the hare hard, so as to throw it a good distance into the center of the animal enclosure.

This has happened before if the journalist had bothered to check.
17:39 April 11, 2010 by Redbee
Hare coursing is now illegal in England and Wales but the nasty party if elected

is to repeal the hunting with dogs act which will bring this disgusting spectacle back . Nothing more barbarous than causing unnecessary suffering for just kicks. As humans we have a long way to go up the evolutionary ladder regarding empathy and consciousness for other creatures that share this earth . Animal welfare groups everywhere are campaigning and fighting to ban all disgusting blood sports.
08:38 April 12, 2010 by spongepaddy
Nemesis: I have had my run-ins with the Irish coursing community over the years, and I would not be at all surprised if this story was true. It may be made-up, sure, but there is also every chance that it is true.

Irish coursing fans represent the dumbest of the country Irish (who, by and large are already pretty dumb) and they show no respect for anything that isn't money. And as an Irish person coming from the Irish countryside, I know what I'm talking about here. Cars, money, land, EU funding, drink, sport - these are the interests of the rural Irish. Do you have any evidence to prove me wrong?
11:02 April 12, 2010 by Britswedeguy
@Nemesis - you think the animal welfare people deliberately injured the animal, not the hunters? Yeah, that makes sense!
12:58 April 12, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Britswedeguy

Actually the last few years they have made little real inroads in Ireland, so they have tired a few stunts. All have backfired so far. The Garda have realised what sort of devious little shits they are.

Also in Ireland we saw what the animal rights people did to the people who worked in Huntington life sciences. After seeing that, people in Ireland recognise extortion for what it is as the Irish have seen it before.

It would not be the first time they pulled a stunt like this. This time they were stupid enough to film it.

At hare coursing, hares do not have cord or wire wired tied to them. That cord was used to throw the hare into the middle of the pen. No one at hare coursing wants an injured hare. They are difficult to catch and everyone has a vested interest in keeping it healthy so it can run. If an animal is injured, it is cuffed (as in killed) immedately.

Judging by the film, that hare had spinal injuries. A muzzled greyhound is not going to be able to do that. An unmuzzled greyhound would leave massive injuries with one bite and blood would be everywhere.

I have passed the link back to people in Ireland. People have found that very interesting. I would not be suprised if hose two mornonic swedes end up being talked to, by the Garda. A talking to by Garda, would wake any Swede up who is used to being mothercuddled by the Swedish police.

@ spongepaddy

As someone raised in the countryside ranging over Donegal, Antrim, Sligo, Derry and Tyrone, I know a bit more than most about how the countryside works.

You have just come out with the same nonsense that Irish people used to get from the english 40 years ago, or that a lot of Dublin people come out with now when they think no one from the countryside is around.

Regarding the irish being stupid in the countryside.

If you want to find an idiot in the Irish countryside take someone with you, yourself.

@ Redbee

This article is about hare coursing and two Swedish idiots in Ireland, not England. England and Ireland are two different countries since 1921.

Here, learn something.

13:21 April 12, 2010 by spongepaddy
@Nemesis: And I also was born and bred and raised for 20 years in a very rural area. So why does your word count higher than mine? Because you've lived in more places? Or because you write longer comments? Or you claiming there the rural Irish are ALL exceedingly smart, when they very clearly aren't?
14:55 April 12, 2010 by Nemesis
@ spongepaddy

As I have said, if you want to find a fool in the countryside, go yourself and you will be the fool.

The people in the countryside are the people who for decades, worked abroad, sending the back money to keep the country afloat. They built there own houses with there own family members as labourers. The country people built up the wealth of Ireland and are now at the forefront of rebuilding it.

The city people got the council houses built and handed to them. The greedy, imbecilic, short sighted morons in D4 and other city areas threw away a lot of the wealth in an orgy of pathetic, short sighted, neoliberal greed.

The country people only bought second homes when they could afford them, as they did not have the contacts to give them 120% mortgages or delete there debts in the banks as a lot of D4 had done and apparently may still have.

As for the animal rights people. Since the law changes in England after the incidents a lot of animal rights activists have moved to Sweden, which a few country people here in Skåne and up in Småland have made quite clear to me.

A few of those activists have tried to set up in Ireland, but have been mostly rejected. Thing is, the Irish have just come out of just over 30 years of war. No one wants to import a bunch of lunatics to start another one in the way that it is mostly people not from the north who are bankrolling the RIRA people to plant car bombs and try to restart the war.

I have been around the block a few times and well versed on what happens on the ground.

Details of that video have been passed back to Ireland.
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