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The sight they saw filled the men with dread
For where the Hare fell, a Witch lay dead
In Lincolnshire it's hare-coursing season and every day, gangs descend on farms, intimidate farmers and set their dogs on the local wildlife.
Hare coursing was banned in 2004, but the underground scene is thriving. Dogs compete against each other while their owners bet on a range of factors including how many times their dogs can turn a terrified hare as it is chased down and ripped to pieces. Champion dogs change hands for up to £50,000.
. . . it is an unavoidable fact that members of the traveller community form a large percentage of hare coursers, with insiders claiming the “sport” is worth millions in the traveller economy. PC Willey is careful to point out that coursers come from a range of backgrounds and professions.
“They are very organised,” he explains. “Meetings are arranged over the phone or on social media. Coursing is done for betting and sport, the hares are torn apart and left.
. . . Hare coursing is a business. It's about gangs and violence. People are scared. When five or six people in cars arrive on your land with six or seven dogs it is not pleasant.
. . . John O'Donagh is a 35-year-old traveller and hare courser from Kent
“For travellers, coursing is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, since the days we lived in tents, before wagons and caravans. It's in our folklore.
“For a traveller, having a good dog is like having a thoroughbred horse. The betting and money changing hands has blown out of all proportion. A good dog can earn a man hundreds of thousands. Star dogs are worth between £30,000 and £50,000 and I've heard of people making £500,000 in a year on betting.
“There are cars, vans and trailers bet on it. You'll even bet your wife on it. A good dog is more important to a traveller than a wife and a traveller will kill you for his dog.
“Travellers will never show the outside world inside hare coursing. It's organised over the phone and by word of mouth. You'll get lads in vans because too many cars look suspicious. There will be a referee along to make sure it's done fairly. Each man will carry £100 cash. Bets are honoured. If you don't pay, it is a disgrace on you and your family name.
“A good hare can run a dog until the dog has a heart attack because the dog won't stop. The cruelty of it is that if the dog is no good it is left there. The farmers can usually do nothing because there can be up to 20 boys involved. It was banned but that makes no difference – travellers will do it anyway. It's in our blood.”
originally posted by: eXia7
So if this practice was banned in 2004, then that means you can legally shoot these people if they are on your land. In the article it says people are scared when tons of people show up on their property, what.. they just shiver in a corner?
I wouldn't want this crap going on at my property, so I'd take whatever measures I needed to remove this crap from my land. Its wasteful, and disgusting.. its one thing to kill an animal for food, but its another to kill animals for "sport" especially if all they are doing is letting dogs maul them to pieces.
Humans are stupid.
Their official address is Rathkeale, Co Limerick, but they live at a halting site in Essex, England. Gang members have been banned from Australia after a trail of consumer rip-offs last year.