Hare Coursing Dec. 30, 2019

from Farming Today· ·

The practice of setting dogs on to wild hares has been followed for hundreds of years...but the first modern hare coursing club was set up in Swaffham in Norfolk in 1776. Norfolk is still a hare coursing hot spot - despite it being made illegal under the Hunting Act of 2004 - and across the whole country, hundreds of incidents are reported each year. Police say hare coursing now attracts organised crime gangs with bets worth thousands of pounds used to launder money. And for farmers, it can mean damage to their property and crops as well as personal intimidation. …



The practice of setting dogs on to wild hares has been followed for hundreds of years...but the first modern hare coursing club was set up in Swaffham in Norfolk in 1776. Norfolk is still a hare coursing hot spot - despite it being made illegal under the Hunting Act of 2004 - and across the whole country, hundreds of incidents are reported each year. Police say hare coursing now attracts organised crime gangs with bets worth thousands of pounds used to launder money. And for farmers, it can mean damage to their property and crops as well as personal intimidation. Anna Hill has been out across Cambridgeshire and Norfolk to hear how Operation Galileo, the nationwide response to hare coursing, is tackling this rural crime. Produced and presented by Anna Hill