There is set to be a crack down in illegal hare coursing, as set out in new amendments to the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill.
Hare coursing is a blood sport where dogs chase, catch and kill hares, sometimes in competition. The competition between dogs can be fierce and the hares are not always killed quickly.
Hare coursing was banned by Labour’s 2005 Hunting Act, but has grown in recent years due to criminal gangs streaming the events to China for betting.
Luke Pollard has been calling for a strengthening of the hare coursing ban for some time. There are serious animal welfare concerns, both for the dogs and the hares. As well as this, farmers have decried hare coursing for disrupting their land.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“After much work on a cross-party basis I’m pleased to see the Government have finally accepted the case for more action on hare coursing. I’ve been calling for action for some time. Now rural policing needs funding to match new powers against hare coursing.”