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No justification for cruel hare coursing

Published 13/09/2016

Pope Francis, during the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, called for environmental destruction to be classified as a sin.

Without getting into any complex theological arguments about the nature of sin, or papal infallibility, I do believe he has a point.

Even hares that escape physically unhurt during coursing can die afterwards of stress-related ailments brought on by the contrived chase and weeks of unnatural captivity preceding it.

If it's not sinful to subject a gentle creature like the hare to a practice where it has to twist and turn and dodge to avoid injury or death, and all for human amusement, then it ought to be - as should the political cowardice that enables hare coursing to survive.

JOHN FITZGERALD

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