The Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports group (CACS) has called for an investigation into an incident at a coursing meeting in Kerry yesterday which left a judge with minor injuries.
At the Ballyheigue-Kilflynn meeting, coursing judge Brendan Purcell was allegedly thrown from a horse when several greyhounds took chase after it.
Representatives of the anti-cruelty group say Mr Purcell lay on the ground for almost an hour before an ambulance arrived which transferred him to University Hospital Kerry where he was treated for minor injuries.
His job was to follow the progress of each course and declare the winner.
The meeting was the first of the season which was delayed by over a month due to a suspension of the hare capture license following outbreaks of a disease affecting rabbits and hares.
The group, which advocates for the discontinuation of coursing, says the onus must be placed on Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Minister Josepha Madigan who decided to lift the ban on hare capture, allowing the coursing season to go ahead.