No justification for cruel hare coursing
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.
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