Tomorrow the open season on mountain hares begins once again. Our report, mountain hare persecution in Scotland, exposes the full extent of persecution, the reasons behind it, and puts forward a number of recommendations to the Scottish Government. We believe that the situation merits urgent action, including:
- A moratorium on culling and hunting mountain hare until a longer-term solution is found; and
- The withdrawal of support from Scottish Natural Heritage and Visit Scotland for businesses and organisations that promote large-scale recreational mountain hare hunting.
This will only happen, however, if we show the public are behind swift and decisive action. Here are some ways you can help.
Sign the petition
We’ve been running this petition since the beginning of the campaign in August 2016. We have over 11k signatories and have handed it in to the Scottish Parliament petitions committee and hope it will be considered in the Autumn. In the meantime, the more signatures we have, the stronger the call to action.
Write to the Cabinet Secretary
Roseanna Cunningham MSP is the Cabinet Secretary responsible for this area of policy. She has already shown herself to be sympathetic to our plea. Last year she addressed OneKind supporters and said she was “against large-scale culls”, and recently she set up a major inquiry into grouse moors. Writing to her with these asks and referring to our report could be very influential.
Tell everyone about the plight of the mountain hare
Everyone seems to know about the badger culls, but my guess is that your friends know nothing about mountain hare persecution. Help change that and strike up a conversation! We would love to send you a pack with campaign stickers and leaflets, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and phone number.
Buy the t-shirt
Help get the message out there with our #HareCare t-shirts. They’re a great look for hikers, particularly on grouse moors.
Spread the word on social media
Use #HareCare and point people towards the petition
Donate to the campaign
You can make a donation to the OneKind Hare Care campaign here. Believe me, every £ makes a big difference to what we can do.
Let us know your ideas and what you are doing to help in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.