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Old 05-05-2018, 06:35 PM
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Default Hare coursing club in a knot, article claims!

An intriguing article has appeared on a number of indymedia sites but was quickly removed from the Ireland Indymedia site. The article claims that at least one coursing club in Ireland fears the threat posed by Japanese Knotweed to its hare baiting venue more than it fears animal rights campaigners...

Here is how it appeared on the NYC Indymedia site:



Hare Coursing blood sport Club in a Knot!

A Southern Ireland-based hare coursing club fears Japanese Knotweed far more than animal rights!

By Rural Dilemmas

Delegates at a recent meeting of the club were discussing a number of problems besetting the club and drawing up plans for the next coursing season that begins in late September when a member raised the subject of Japanese Knotweed and the threat it posed to coursing fields.

He revealed he suspected an adjoining field to the club’s venue was infested with the invasive plant and warned that if it spread to the club’s field it would be “catastrophic” and the club “might as well disband.”

Other members said they were aware of the problems posed by Japanese Knotweed, one citing an environmentalist who had explained to him the issues involved: The expert told him it was a non-native herbaceous plant that was very difficult, and massively expensive, to get rid of. Its root system can penetrate the ground to a depth of 2-3 metres and spread as much as 7metres. It was capable of undermining building foundations, roads, walls, and it could grow up through tiny cracks in concrete.

It reproduced easily…even the “tiniest fragment” of its stem or root could reproduce, grow into a new plant, and cause further infestation. Any property upon which the plant was spotted suffered immediate devaluation. House sales had fallen through because of it.

The environmentalist had stressed that the knotweed could be spread in all sorts of ways…on the sole of a shoe, by a car or tractor wheel, or even dropped by a bird overflying the coursing field. Another club member cautioned that anyone with a grudge against a coursing club, maybe a disgruntled neighbor, or someone just intent on mischief, “could flick a piece of the plant over a wall or ditch…without even entering the field”, and this could lead to an infestation.

Another member claimed that a hunt club he had dealings with had problems with the invasive plant and they suspected, but couldn’t prove, that hostile elements were behind the infestation.

All the delegates agreed that vigilance was essential to keep Japanese Knotweed off the coursing fields as it posed a far worse threat to the future of the sport than the “antis” or falling attendances at fixtures.

End of article


Link to article on NYC Indymedia site:

https://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2018/05/127229.html
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:02 PM
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:11 PM
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Why would they fear the crusties?

Well...what if the "crusties", as you call them, decide to think outside the box? They're banging their heads against a wall protesting and leafleting and lobbying crooked politicians who don't give a damn about hares getting battered by dogs on coursing fields. But if the "crusties" get their hands on some knotweed (easy...it's on riverbanks and roadsides and derelict sites) and then sprinkle it on the coursing fields...then the doggie chaps have a problem. It takes up to five years to rid even a small affected site of knotweed, and it costs a fortune....and even then, it can come back after all the expensive treatment when you think it's gone forever. Crusty knotweed could finish coursing. Maybe that will be nature's way of balancing things out? Crusties v Boggers. The Boggers could be about to take a hit.
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Old 06-05-2018, 05:40 AM
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Why would they fear the crusties?

Well...what if the "crusties", as you call them, decide to think outside the box? They're banging their heads against a wall protesting and leafleting and lobbying crooked politicians who don't give a damn about hares getting battered by dogs on coursing fields. But if the "crusties" get their hands on some knotweed (easy...it's on riverbanks and roadsides and derelict sites) and then sprinkle it on the coursing fields...then the doggie chaps have a problem. It takes up to five years to rid even a small affected site of knotweed, and it costs a fortune....and even then, it can come back after all the expensive treatment when you think it's gone forever. Crusty knotweed could finish coursing. Maybe that will be nature's way of balancing things out? Crusties v Boggers. The Boggers could @be about to take a hit.
Couldn't they just take the dogs and set up in another field? It's not like there's a shortage of grassy fields?
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:51 PM
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"...Couldn't they just take the dogs and set up in another field? It's not like there's a shortage of grassy fields?..."

You can't just use any old field for coursing. It has to meet with requirements set down by the ICC (Irish Coursing Club). Some coursing clubs have disbanded in the past when they lost their fields due to farm issues, house building, or change of ownership. Re "crusties" (defined apparently as people who oppose any form of animal cruelty?) not being able to think outside the box...they don't even need to in this instance because a coursing club has been so incredibly unwise as to highlight the potency of Japanese Knotweed and how it could be used to to the detriment of coursing. A tiny fragment can grow into a new plant and become a new infestation. All it needs is contact with soil. Imagine if someone decides to deliberately introduce some knotweed onto a coursing field? If can take anything up to five years to get rid if it, at huge cost, and even when you think it's gone it can come back. It's resistant to burning, which is no wonder when you consider that it grows in Japan in volcanoes, among other inhospitable places! If it comes to a duel between coursing and knotweed, then knotweed (on past performance) will win hands down, whether it appears accidentally on the coursing fields or is helped along by people who have dislike of coursing.
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Old 06-05-2018, 04:20 PM
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I'd like to see these virtue signalling hippies chased down by dogs, that would teach them to spoil other people's fun.

They could then attempt to do something worthwhile with their lives.
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Old 06-05-2018, 06:27 PM
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Could a drone flying a few feet of the ground and dragging a pigs leg or something from a slaughter house be a basis for ethical hare coursing.

You dont even have to rely on.operator skill. The drone could fly a preset course.

Back in the day my family were involved in drag hunting. Some of mu cousins still do it.

And no drag hunting isnt chasing trannys with dogs. Drag hunting is running hounds on a preset cross country course with the course laid by a man towing a scented bag along the ground behind him. Very ethical and nothing gets huntefd and ripped apart.
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Old 06-05-2018, 06:28 PM
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"...i'd like to see these virtue signalling hippies chased down by dogs, that would teach them to spoil other people's fun.

They could then attempt to do something worthwhile with their lives..."

So you consider animal cruelty to be "other people's fun" (including, presumably,badger baiting, dog fighting, cock fighting, tossing cats into bonfires, letting dogs or horses starve??and anyone who opposes it is a "crusty" or a "hippy".

And is opposing animal cruelty not a worthwhile undertaking?

Apart from that, the subject under discussion was the proplem posed by Japanese Knot weed to coursing fields, as raised by members of a coursing club.
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Old 06-05-2018, 06:31 PM
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I suggested a few months back that knotweed could be "weaponised".

Could people seed the lands of their enemies with knotweek cuttings late at night?
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Old 07-05-2018, 03:45 AM
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Coursing is a disgusting blood sport and should be banned outright. It has no place in the Ireland of the 21st century.
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