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  • Hare coursing

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    Sloughi coursing a hareHare coursing is the pursuit of hares with greyhounds and other sighthounds, which chase the hare by sight, not by scent. In some countries, it is a legal, competitive activity in which dogs are tested on their ability to run, overtake and turn a hare, rather than a form of hunting aiming at the capture of game. It has a number of variations in its rules around the world. Coursing can also be a form of hunting or pest control. It is a long-established hunting technique, practiced historically in England, especially with greyhounds or sighthound breeds, or with lurchers which are crossbred sighthounds. The sport grew in popularity in Europe during the 19th century, but has since experienced a decline due in part to the introduction of greyhound racing with betting, and animal welfare legislation. In recent decades, controversy has developed around hare coursing, with some viewing it as a cruel bloodsport. Hare coursing is illegal in Scotland, Wales and England and became illegal in Northern Ireland in 2011.

  • Firearms policy in the Republic of Ireland

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  • Hunting

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    300x300px An illustration of boar hunting from the Tacuinum Sanitatis (a medieval handbook on health and wellbeing; 14th century) Velázquez's portrait of Cardinal Fernando, Infante of Spain and Governor General of the Southern Spanish Netherlands, with his hunting dog and gun (). Giuseppe Castiglione: The Qianlong Emperor Hunting Hare, 1755 George Stubbs: Cheetah with Two Indian Attendants and a Stag, 1765 A family bird-hunting, by Antonio Cabral Bejarano, 1838 Maratha hunting party from India, 1887Hunting is the practice of killing or trapping animals, or pursuing or tracking them with the intent of doing so. Hunting wildlife or feral animals is most commonly done by humans for food, recreation, to remove predators that are dangerous to humans or domestic animals, or for trade. Lawful hunting is distinguished from poaching, which is the illegal killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species. The species that are hunted are referred to as game or prey and are usually mammals and birds. Hunting has long been a practice used to procure meat for human consumption.

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