Hare Coursing

In March 2018, Graham launched the Country, Land & Business Association’s (CLA) national campaign against hare coursing with Holderness Farm Watch’s Hollie Harris. The focus of this campaign is the human costs of hare coursing, as farmers and their families have often felt intimidated by trespassers in the most isolated parts of the countryside.

In 2021, Graham helped the CLA secure a meeting with Zac Goldsmith, who had been appointed Animal Welfare Minister and is leading on the Government’s Animal Welfare Action Plan, which helped to convince the Minister of the need for legislative change to better target those taking part in hare coursing.

The Government has subsequently announced that it is considering increasing the maximum penalty for illegal coursing to an unlimited fine and a prison sentence of up to six months for these offences. These amendments will also give police the power to claim against the costs of kennelling seized dogs and will allow them to target persons suspected of ‘going equipped’ for hare coursing activities.



Local MP lauds partnership working to tackle rural crime

Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart recently met Holderness Farm Watch members along with Humberside Police’s newly formed Rural Task Force at Lelley Barns to congratulate them on the progress they have both made in tackling rural crime. This event was the first time that members of the rural community group were able to share their concerns with the unit in person since its formation in February.

Harvest time means spotlight on hare-coursing threat says Graham Stuart MP

At this time of year there is a rise in hare coursing and Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, hopes to meet with Home Office Minister, Victoria Atkins, in the next few weeks to highlight this sinister crime and seek her assurances that resources will be made available to tackle it.

MP urges end to hare coursing scourge

Local MP Graham Stuart has pledged more action to tackle hare coursing in rural areas of Beverley and Holderness after it was revealed that Humberside Police spent 1200 hours combatting the crime in the past year.

Holderness MP pledges to help end hare-coursing

Beverley & Holderness MP, Graham Stuart, visited Patrington to launch the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) national campaign which sets out measures for farmers, landowners, police and Government to work together to bring hare-coursers to justice.