As many of you will know, thousands of mountain hares are massacred on Scottish grouse moors every year, including inside the Cairngorms National Park. These killing sprees are unmonitored, unregulated and uncontrolled.
The grouse shooting industry justifies the slaughter on the following grounds:
Hares can affect fragile habitats through grazing pressure
Mountain hares can cause the failure of tree-planting schemes
Mountain hares can spread sheep tick which also affects red grouse
Shooting mountain hares is a legitimate sport
Conservationists have long raised concerns about the legality and sustainability of these culls, but all to no avail (see links to our earlier blogs on this issue below). Well now’s your chance to send a strong message to the Scottish Government that enough is enough.
The charity OneKind is organising a protest event at Holyrood on Thursday 17 November 2016, between 12 and 2pm.
Some background info about their mountain hare campaign can be read here.
To join the protest, you need to register here.
You might also want to sign their petition to stop the mountain hare massacres (here).
If you want to find out more about mountain hare massacres, the following blogs will help:
10 November 2013: Massive declines of mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors (here)
11 November 2013: The gruesome fate of mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors (here)
22 November 2013: MSP wants answers about mountain hare culling (here)
11 December 2013: SNH still licensing mountain hare culls (here)
28 September 2014: Mountain hares massacred on Lammermuir grouse moors (here)
21 October 2014: CEH scientist claims gamekeepers “protect” hen harriers and mountain hares (here)
30 December 2014: Pointless call for ‘voluntary restraint’ on Scottish grouse moor mountain hare massacres (here)
10 January 2015: New petition puts more pressure on SNH to protect mountain hares (here)
17 January 2015: “The eradication of mountain hares in eastern and southern Scotland is disgraceful” (here)
23 March 2015: Hare-brained propaganda from the grouse shooting industry (here)
14 April 2015: Ten conservation groups call for 3-year ban on grouse moor mountain hare slaughter (here)
15 February 2016: More mountain hares slaughtered in the Angus Glens (here)
13 March 2016: More mountain hares massacred in Cairngorms National Park (here)
14 March 2016: Cairngorms National Park Authority responds to mountain hare slaughter (here)
20 March 2016: Queen’s Balmoral Estate accused of mountain hare massacre (here)
30 March 2016: ‘Sustainable’ mountain hare culls – where’s the evidence? (here)
28 May 2016: Mountain hare slaughter set to continue in breach of EU regulations (here)
14 June 2016: Mountain hare massacres on Scottish grouse moors: no planned monitoring (here)