Distrust, damage and despair: the impact of hare coursing on UK farmers

Wilcoxon, Jordan (2016) Distrust, damage and despair: the impact of hare coursing on UK farmers. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation is formed of an exploratory study into the impacts of hare coursing on the farming community within the UK. Hare coursing is a newly criminalised act, meaning that the effects and impacts of this crime are largely unknown with a severe lack of contemporary research. Hare coursing is largely considered a wildlife crime, an offence that does not rank highly in the priorities of the police. But it also has other dimensions, such as the trespass and criminal damage that occurs alongside hare coursing. The criminals who course hares are chronic rural offenders and commit many more crimes that impact on farming and rural communities. This study explored the impacts of hare coursing on a sample of farmers uti1ising a qualitative methodology consisting on semi-structured interviews. Simultaneously, this dissertation outlines the historical development of hare coursing from a popular sport to an illegal activity. It then documents the results of the study, analysing and then discussing the results before making some recommendations for future research.
    This study reaches these critical conclusions:

    • The effects of hare coursing on the agricultural community run far deeper than the plain to see direct impacts, with many more repercussions becoming obvious after closer investigation.

    • The policing of hare coursing is a difficult operation with many practical issues to overcome for the police and DEFRA, and this presumed lack of interest, or at least progress, from the authorities has caused some tension originating from rural communities.

    • There is a serious need for more in-depth and larger scale research to find out how to better police and combat illegal hare coursing in the UK.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 11:40
    Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 11:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22452

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