Action on ‘cruel’ hare coursing

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AN operation aimed at cracking down on hare coursing has been hailed a success.

The barbaric act, which sees hares chased by dogs, is common at harvest time when animals which have been hidden by crops are easier to spot.

Fife police joined other forces in a series of joint events to catch those responsible.

The project saw eight people being identified and reports being prepared for the Procurator Fiscal.

PC Ian Laing, wildlife and environmental crime co-ordinator for Fife Constabulary said: “We know that, while they may live within our communities, they travel throughout Scotland and the north of England engaging in rural activities which at best can be described as particularly cruel.

“The vast majority of people would describe the act of causing dogs to pursue wild animals as offensive.”