Gamekeepers have invited the First Minister to visit a moor to ‘learn’ about hare culling. This follows the release of footage of hare killing on grouse moors by OneKind, the League Against Cruel Sports and Lush last week. In response to the a question about the footage, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP said:
“Large-scale culling of mountain hares could put the conservation status at risk and that is clearly unacceptable.”
OneKind and the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland said:
“We commend the gamekeepers for being open and transparent about their activities relating to hare culling, however the facts remain the same. Killing mountain hares on this scale is unacceptable, based on no scientific evidence, and completely unnecessary.
“Let’s be frank, this appears to be about maintaining rich supplies of game stock for commercial shooting and nothing else. We’re glad gamekeepers have invited the First Minister to see this shocking activity first hand, courtesy of the gamekeepers.”
Notes to editor:
- OneKind is a Scottish animal protection charity working to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals.
- The footage of mountain hare killing released by OneKind, Lush and the League Against Cruel Sports can be viewed here.