Story: Animal welfare and rights

Hare coursing

Hare coursing

A group of men and boys are pictured with a hare at a coursing meet at Ōamaru in 1901. In the ancient sport of coursing a hare would be released and then two greyhounds would pursue it. The winning dog would then rip the hare to pieces. Many people were appalled by this bloody spectacle, which had a keen following in New Zealand from the 19th century. There were various attempts by animal welfarists to have it banned, but it did not become illegal until 1954, largely as the result of a campaign run by the Council of Combined Animal Welfare Organisations (CAWO).

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: Otago Witness, 15 May 1901, p. 35

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Animal welfare and rights - Anti-vivisection and humanitarian movements', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 1 Jul 2017