This photograph was taken today on the grouse moor of Farr Estate in the Monadhliaths in the Scottish Highlands.
As today is the last day of the ‘open season’ for killing mountain hares, this slaughter is not criminal in the legal sense. But in an ethical sense?
So much for ‘voluntary restraint‘, eh?
Many thanks to photographer Pete Walkden for letting us publish this image.
UPDATE 1 March 2017: Many people on social media, new to this blog, have been asking why mountain hares are culled. Please read this earlier blog (and the associated links) for an explanation.
UPDATE 2 March 2017: Call to stop mountain hare culling in Cairngorms National Park. Please sign the postcard here.