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Hare coursing won't be missed

The Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports welcomes the permanent ban on live hare coursing in Northern Ireland.

This represents both a proud day for the people of Northern Ireland and a much-needed boost to the magnificent wildlife heritage that all of us share on this island.

Sadly, the contrast could not be greater between this development and the decision last week of the Republic's arts minister, Jimmy Deenihan, to allow another season of this abhorrent cruelty to hares. In spite of muzzling greyhounds, hares continue to be mauled.

The Northern Ireland ban should especially concentrate the minds of delegates at the forthcoming Sinn Fein ard fheis, to be held in Belfast next month.

The party has been officially pro-hare coursing owing to a controversial motion passed at the 2010 ard fheis. We want it to reverse that position this year.

JOHN FITZGERALD

Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports

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