Violence at British Hare Coursing Hunting Event

Three people were arrested at a February hare coursing event after hunt participants began throwing things at about 200 animal rights protesters who had shown up to demonstrate against the hunt.

According to the Associated Press,

An animal rights protest at a major British hare-hunting even [The Waterloo Cup] turned violent . . . when spectators pelted the demonstrators with a dismembered hare, bottles, firecrackers and chunks of earth, but nobody was injured, police said.

The Waterloo Cup was moved up several weeks to get the hunt in before Great Britain’s law outlawing hunting foxes with dogs went into effect. That law also has the effect of outlawing hare coursing.

As I’ve said before, there’s simply no excuse for this sort of violent reaction. Such actions are both morally wrong and counter-productive.


British hare-hunting even turn [sic] violent. Michael McDonough, Associated Press, February 14, 2005.

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