From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2012: (Actually published on November 1, 2012.)
MULLINGAR, Ireland--The Irish Council Against Blood Sports welcomed recent announcements by Jimmy Deenihan, minister for arts, heritage, and the Gaeltacht, that he would ban hunting curlews and Kerry red deer.
The council warned, however, that Deenihan’s July 2012 suggestion that he might also ban shooting hares “is believed not to be to save hares from being shot to death but rather to help make it easier for coursers to find hares for their blood sport. Earlier this year,” the Irish Council Against Blood Sports reminded, “pro-coursing Deenihan pledged to coursers, ‘Whatever I can do for coursing while I am in this job, I will certainly do it.'” Read more