British Government Seeks to Enhance Penalties for Cruel and Illegal “Hare Coursing”

The British Government announced that it is enhancing the criminal penalties for illegal “hare coursing,” which involves the use of dogs to chase and kill hares. Hare coursing is commonly associated with other forms of criminal activity, including criminal trespass and intimidation of property owners. The government set out several amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill to strengthen law enforcement against hare coursing, including banning convicted offenders from owning or keeping dogs and enhancing penalties for criminal trespass.