The Irish groups ARAN and ICABS protested in early February against hare coursing at the Clonmel finals, national radio running news of this lively demonstration. The station has a huge listenership, prompting calls to ARAN from their listeners for more information on hare coursing and their campaigns against cruelty to animals.
From across the nation, loyal supporters came from Cork, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford, Dublin, Kildare, Meath, one ARAN supporter coming from as far afield as Scotland. The activists held signs reading ‘Hands up if you support blood sports’ along with a huge banner that led the demonstration along the road where the coursing finals were actually taking place.
In the week prior to the demonstration, a live call took place on Tipperary FM, in which ARAN spoke about the cruelty of hare coursing and animal abuse in general. Again, the call-in was a huge success, prompting local people to call for more information and ways they can help. The Irish Times and Irish Examiner also ran fantastic articles about their demonstration in Clonmel, despite the day awash with news on Ireland’s upcoming election.
Please see national television news coverage, click here – in Irish -. To see some footage of our press photocall, click here and footage of the demonstration when people were starting to arrive, click here.
The demonstration in Clonmel was also in memory and honour of long-time ARAN supporter, Greg Naughton, who passed away recently.
‘Fighting animal abuse across Ireland’
ICABS – www.banbloodsports.com