Irish Coursing Club refused to free hares following lockdown
Coursing body defied several government requests to release 1,200 animals from captivity back into the wild
The Irish Coursing Club defied a series of government requests to release 1,200 hares it had captured ahead of the last Covid-19 lockdown before eventually backing down, new documents show.
All coursing events were suspended when the government announced the level 5 lockdown on October 21. Less than a week later, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) wrote to the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) requesting that any hares it had captured should be released.
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