In response to a newly published study that has found catastrophic declines in mountain hare numbers on moorlands in the eastern Highlands, Harry Huyton, OneKind Director, said:
“This research is the final nail in the coffin for the Scottish Government’s policy of inaction in the face of relentless persecution of mountain hares on grouse moors. Earlier this year OneKind and the League Against Cruel Sports released grim footage of large-scale hare killing taking place in the Highlands. The First Minister agreed that the killing was “unacceptable” and promised that the Government would review all available options to prevent mass culls. This process must now be urgently concluded so that Scotland’s iconic mountain hares are given the protection they need before the killing season peaks in the Winter. This is an urgent imperative if we are to both save this species and end the suffering that this brutal practice causes”
- The study and the RSPB press release is available here
- OneKind, the League Against Cruel Sports and the Hare Preservation Trust launched a video on social media calling for an end to mountain hare killing on 1st August which can be viewed here.
- Images and footage of mountain hare culls available on request