Gabriel Byrne: Hare Coursing ‘Should Have No Place in Modern Ireland’

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With Dáil Éireann expected to vote later today on a Private Members’ Bill to ban hare coursing, legendary actor and director Gabriel Byrne has sent an urgent letter to Irish TDs calling on them to support the bid put forward by Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan.

In the letter, sent on behalf of PETA and Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), The Usual Suspects actor wrote the following:

It’s hard to imagine anything more barbaric than this so-called “sport”. … [F]rom the terrifying chase, during which hares have been known to rupture internal organs fleeing the hounds, to the moment the petrified and exhausted animals are surrounded … every minute of hare coursing reflects the hard-heartedness of the participants.

It’s been 23 years since the issue of banning hare coursing came before politicians in the Dáil, and since that time, countries around the world have taken decisive action to prohibit this blood sport. Ireland is now one of only three European countries in which hare coursing is still legal.

As Gabriel concludes in his letter, “Coursing is an atrocity that should have no place in modern Ireland, which is why it should be banned”.

Take Action

If you live in Ireland, please contact your local TD and ask him or her to support the Private Members’ Bill to ban hare coursing. You can find contact details for your elected representatives here.


  • Emer Gannon commented on June 30, 2016 at 9:02 am

    To evolve we need to rise above all forms of violence…. it is not necessary. Live and let live.

  • I Drieu commented on June 30, 2016 at 9:59 am

    No excuses for torturing any animal

  • karen doyle commented on June 30, 2016 at 11:16 am

    This is 2016 there is no need for this torture to continue anymore please stop your decision will reflect on us all

  • Barry Smyth commented on June 30, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I’ve set up a petition to support a bill coming to the dail to ban this i anyone is interested in signing and sharing please do.

  • Georgina Casserly commented on June 30, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    A civilised people do not take part in cruelty to animals

  • Becky commented on June 30, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    This is no “SPORT”. How would you feel if your loved ones, everything & everyone you knew in you life, was just killed/destroyed, all in the name of sport…

  • Simone Micallef commented on July 2, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    The world will be a better place when we treat everyone including animals with respect and dignity.

  • Teresa Hewett-Hicks commented on July 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Those humans who perpetrate such atrocities for their pleasure and entertainment are grossly flawed human specimens. Any human who gains pleasure from watching or administering torture to any living creature exhibits a psychopathic tendency and for that reason it is imperative that societies recognise these tendencies as a warning sign. The condoning of animal cruelty REFLECTS ON A SOCIETY.

    • Tessa commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Couldn’t have put it better.

  • Lorraine Draper commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    There is no reason or excuse for this barbaric practice , it needs to stop

  • Dave and Rita Cross commented on July 16, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    We are praying for a change of heart for those who enjoy animal cruelty and support it! We need to pray for those without respect or compassion for animals! They need our help!

  • Barbara and Robert Brucker commented on August 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Shocked that this still goes on in your country

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