Last Hurrah for Hare Coursing?
Photograph by IFAW-John Wright
ST VALENTINE'S Day will see the start
of the Waterloo Cup, the 3 day hare coursing event held at Great
Altcar, Lancashire. The event has been brought forward to escape
the hunting ban, due to come into force on February 18.
According to the anti hunting groups, hares are ‘beaten’ from miles around
into an arena at Altcar and set upon by two dogs. The hare runs
for its life and, if caught, may be ripped apart. The dogs are
bred for their speed and stamina and are awarded points for the
skill they show in ‘turning’ the hare, but it is the ‘kill’
that generates the most cheers from the crowd.
Phyllis Campbell-McRae, UK Director of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) will be chairing a press
conference to be held in Liverpool on Monday 14 and comments:- “Most
people celebrate St Valentine ’s Day with hearts and flowers but
hare coursers do it by cheering at the screams of dying animals -
we can only be thankful that this is their last hurrah.”
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