British greyhounds hunt for Flemish hares
In the UK the hunting dog is no longer allowed. That’s why British hunters travel to the mainland. Even in the Flemish polders their greyhounds have already been spotted.
In the UK, the “hare coursing” is hot, and was legal for a long time. When the authorities found out, twelve years ago, that large amounts of money was spent on the number of hares that can be catched by a greyhound at a certain time, this type of sport was banned. The hunters relocated their lucrative activity to remote areas, but because they have been chased there, they recently shifted their field of activity to the European mainland. In addition to the Flemish polders they are also said to be very active in northern France and the Netherlands.
According to the Royal Belgian Hunting Association of Saint-Hubertus, the British dog owners operate in gangs, “mainly in open fields, without barbed wire fences and curious neighborhood residents”. ‘A four-person group go into the field and chase and frightening the hares. When they run, the greyhounds are released. After a short chase of 1 to 2 minutes, they kill the hare ‘.
The hunt is filmed and send to the gamblers in the United Kingdom, who have spent a lot of money on the dog who will catch a hare as first one or catch or kill the hare.
The hunting association itself gets more reports of this phenomenon, and calls on its members to immediately notify the police when they see a car with British license plate next to a field.
The police in the Belgian area Meetjesland welcomes that call to notify the police . “The gangs work very quickly. If nobody tell of tips us, there is little chance of catching them “. The police in Meetjesland caught three illegal hunters a few months ago after a tip of an alert citizen.
Source: BE newspaper De Standaard 24-06-2017