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Thursday, 28 February, 2002, 14:36 GMT
In pictures: Hare coursing
With the Waterloo Cup continuing at Great Altcar in Lancashire BBC News Online presents pictures from a typical hare coursing event.

An owner prepares his greyhounds for the next race
Hare coursing meetings draw dog owners from all over the country

Signs warning animal rights protestors to stay away are scattered around the event
Security is usually tight with police often ensuring protesters are kept apart from the event

A walking stick carved in the shape of a hare
Events can draw huge crowds of spectators and often run for several days

A lone protestor stands in defiance at the entrance to the track
Hare coursing opponents claim it is cruel and has no place in the modern world

Away from the urban racetrack greyhounds are given the chance to chase live hares
Two greyhounds are set loose to chase the hare in a knock-out competition

As the hare enters the course the greyhounds are released and it ends when the hare escapes or is caught
The agility of the greyhound is put to the test and enthusiasts say that one in eight hares are killed

Points are awarded by the judge and the winning dog will progress to the next round
Flags are waved to indicate the colour of the winning greyhound after each event
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