Pamela Anderson Urges Prime Minister: Cut the Cord on Hare Coursing

Pamela Anderson Urges Prime Minister: Cut the Cord on Hare Coursing

Cruel Blood Sport Should Not Continue After COVID-19 Ban, Says Honorary PETA US Director

Dublin – This morning – following reports that hare coursing has been given the green light to resume “” after it was halted amid COVID-19 restrictions – honorary PETA US Director Pamela Anderson sent an urgent letter to the taoiseach on PETA’s behalf urging him not to allow the grotesque blood sport to continue.

“The novel coronavirus has taught us the devastating consequences of messing with wildlife,” writes Anderson, who has previously fired off letters to former Leo Varadkar and Enda Kenny about ending fur farming and wild-animal circuses, respectively, in Ireland. “And your government can heed that lesson by banning this so-called ‘sport’, in which gentle, sensitive hares – wild animals – are torn from their natural homes so that they can be chased by hounds for someone’s twisted idea of amusement.”

Many hares used for coursing are trapped in the countryside and never see their homes again. The fear and stress of being chased can cause heart failure and sudden death, and those who are hit or caught by the dogs may be mauled to death on the spot or die later from their injuries. The archaic spectacle has long been banned in Northern Ireland and most European countries.

Anderson’s full letter to the taoiseach is available here. She joins nearly 25,000 PETA supporters who have called on Micheál Martin to ban hare coursing.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.

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