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Hare coursing ban is the right way forward

I WISH to respond to the letter 'Ban on coursing will threaten hares' survival' (Write Back, August 30).

Your correspondent's premise - "without doubt, the greatest threat to the decline of the hare . . . is not coursing, but a change to increasing mechanisation in farming" - was bizarrely met with the conclusion that, therefore, the people to protect the species are hare coursers.

It is true that modern farming practices have had an effect on Irish hare numbers.

But, coursing is not a conservation measure. Recently, legislation was passed, following years of temporary annual orders being enacted to this effect.

The hare coursing ban is a progressive piece of animal welfare legislation and reflects the sentiment of the people of Northern Ireland, of which 75% support a permanent ban.

MARY FRIEL

League Against Cruel Sports, Belfast

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