Call to stop mountain hare culling in Cairngorms National Park

Animal charity OneKind is stepping up its campaign to stop the mass slaughter of mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors.

You may remember OneKind organised a protest rally at Holyrood last November (see here), with the ingenious idea of replicating that now infamous photo of a truckload of dead mountain hares, with their own truckload of (soft cuddly toy) mountain hares.

They’ve got creative again and this time they’re asking people to sign a giant postcard, calling for an end to mountain hare culls in the National Park. The postcard will be delivered to the Cairngorms National Park Authority before the open season on killing mountain hares begins all over again in August.

For information about the campaign please see here

To sign the postcard please click here



30 Responses to “Call to stop mountain hare culling in Cairngorms National Park”

  1. 1 Richard Lowe
    March 2, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Stop ****ing nature for profit!

  2. 2 Annette Ashton
    March 2, 2017 at 11:26 am

    No justification for this slaughter. Must cease immediately!

  3. 3 Annette Ashton
    March 2, 2017 at 11:28 am

    No justification for this slaughter. šŸ˜” Must cease immediately … sick, mercenary lowlifes!

  4. 4 Chris Roberts
    March 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Signed the card with pleasure. It is a disgrace that a National Park should allow the wholesale slaughter of OUR wildlife within its boundaries.

  5. March 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Quite clearly the Cairngorms National Park isn’t a National Park. If it were, natural processes would b evident. It’s a complete sham. Compare it with Yellowstone that still has its predators intact.

    • 6 Carole
      March 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      I don’t think the Farr Estate is in the Cairngorm National Park , is it? Think it is just outside, but not sure.

      [Ed: Farr Estate is in the Monadhliaths, just outside the NP boundary. But that’s kind of irrelevant as OneKind’s postcard petition is not in response to yesterday’s photograph; it’s a response to the long-term mass culling of mountain hares that goes on inside the Cairngorms National Park (and beyond)]

  6. 7 Chris Wyeth
    March 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    What is the point of a National Park if this is allowed.

  7. 8 Renee Byam
    March 2, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    National Parks should be preserving wildlife, not killing it. There is no excuse for this wholesale killing of our beautiful wildlife by those who get no enjoyment out of watching wildlife – they just want to shoot everything in sight. Ban shooting in National Parks!

  8. 9 Craig Hollingsworth
    March 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Really shouldn’t need saying. Many thousands come to the Cairngorms to appreciate the wonders of thr natural world. To prioritise shooting interests over tourism is incredibly short sighted and will have consequences.

  9. 10 stephen flynn
    March 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Stop this barbarity before this animal becomes extinct in this area

  10. 11 Catherine Hobbs
    March 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    There is no real excuse for this mass slaughter . You might think you can justify your acts but they are flimsy excuses!! You feel good about yourself killing animals so defenseless. .you act against nature ..you treat animals as if they have no right to live ..we do not own this earth. .it is not yours ..you are acting like cavemen ..grow up and evolve ! The rest of us are disgusted by your cruelty ..shame on you !

  11. 12 Alister J Clunas
    March 2, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Many respondents on this blog expect wildlife to be specially protected in our National Parks. This is not the case.

    All National Parks in the UK are Category V Protected Landscape/Seascape. A protected area managed mainly for landscape/seascape protection and recreation.

    This means that protection of ecosystems and wildlife is not, as it should be, a function of the national park. The Scottish Government when it set up the national park system should have created Category II Nation Parks where areas are managed mainly for ecosystem protection and recreation. At the very least a core area in Cairngorms National Park should have been designated as such.

    We are now reaping the consequences of these poor decisions.

    We need a national park system fit for purpose in Scotland where the value of fully functioning ecosystems is protected and valued.

  12. 13 Shirley Freeman
    March 2, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    There is no excuse for the killing of our wildlife any more. Man disrupted the balance of wildlife in the UK and then tried to justify killing wildlife following this. Absolutely not OK. Enough is enough. The people want it stopped. Start listening to the people of the UK and not what is now the minority.

  13. 14 crypticmirror
    March 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    It is a shame there is not a physical postcard I can order and send directly, through the postal system, to my MSPs though.

    • 15 Chris Roberts
      March 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      One kind will supply actual postcards on request crypticmirror.

      • 16 crypticmirror
        March 2, 2017 at 5:23 pm

        I hadn’t spotted that, sorry. Today is turning into the day where I realised I needed new glasses. I’ve managed to miss just about everything today. I spent ten minutes earlier looking for a packet of sugar cubes, only to have it pointed out they were right next to my tea mug. I must get my eyes checked.

  14. March 2, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    The joke continues albeit a sick one, when will people wake up and stop this practice?

  15. 18 Jay Parnham
    March 2, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Stop slaughtering mountain hares!

  16. 19 Iain Gibson
    March 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    It’s time to consider the position regarding the entire principle of controlling predators, which is falsely justified simply by tagging them with the label “vermin” or “pest.” I see no reason why foxes should not be protected. It’s only because of country lore and tradition that we continue to persecute them. Personally I would like to see a society in which all wildlife is protected by law, and guns removed from the equation, but this appears to be unrealistic at present due to the fanaticism of our own version of the gun lobby, which insists farmers can’t cope without the ability to kill so-called “vermin.” It is true however that some do, including a few hill sheep farmers who manage to survive without having to control foxes. Surely our understanding of nature and ecology has reached a sufficiently advanced stage to realise that vermin control is unnecessary except where a serious threat to human health is involved. So long as conservationists continue to make exceptions for Red Foxes and Carrion Crows, ignoring scientific evidence, gamekeepers can accuse us of hypocrisy. I suspect few readers of RPUK are aware that crows have been taking a hammering since the rise of the Countryside Alliance, in effect because ignorant farmers, gamekeepers and wildly right-wing “country sports” supporters are taking out their frustration against enlightened people, aka “townies.”

  17. 20 Jack
    March 2, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    A NATIONAL park ?! Nothing national about it!!!!! It should be called the park that takes public money to do what the hell we like with and you dont get a say! All to apease elitist millionaires who no doubt slip back handers to the scum in charge of our so called National parks! National Park! How many parks near you allow the killing of endangered spcies to benefit an elitist sport?!

  18. 21 Jack
    March 2, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Love to know what exactky Ms Sturgeon is doing about all this?! Following elitist English morons by the looks of it!

    • 22 Dylanben
      March 2, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      No doubt these numpties think of it as maintaining the balance of nature. Trouble is, their scales are well and truly out of kilter and heavily biassed in favour of grouse protection. Are they so blinkered that they can’t (or won’t) see this? Strikes me that they’re looking for spurious reasons to eliminate everything except grouse from their killing fields. Thanks Alister for clarifying the legal status of National Parks. As far as wildlife is concerned, it appears to me that ‘Notional Parks’ would be a more accurate title!

  19. 23 Sarah Miller
    March 2, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Please stop this cruel and unnecessary slaughter

  20. 24 Stewart Love
    March 3, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    There should be no shooting in a National Park, it should be a sanctuary for wildlife to find it’s own balance in nature, if gamekeepers etc. did not kill Raptors that prey on Mountain Hares, then the hare numbers would be kept down at a lower level by those very raptors, no need for any culling. As usual man has to interfere to with nature for his own ends and has the cheek to call it land/estate management.

  21. 25 Martin L Mitchell
    March 3, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Why is it man feels he has the right to kill these beautiful animals I’m not aware they effect the grouse, LEAVE THEM ALONE,

  22. March 3, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Protect our precious wildlife!!!! Stop the slaughter of beautiful Mountain Hares!!! This is a disgrace!!! Heartbreaking!

  23. 27 Bev Evans
    March 3, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    An industry that is Absolutely revolting in every particular. Such a shame that the only way these individuals can enjoy themselves results in the wanton destruction of two species. If only someone could develop a pill that could cure these people of their bloodlust.

  24. 28 Samantha fell
    March 4, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Stop the killing!!!!

  25. 29 Willie S.
    April 29, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Surely this is another “less than subtle” case of removing competition from the grouse on the moor and at the same time adding to their income. The result is that the more natural annual food source for eagles is massively diminished in a few hours. Clearly this can also have the desired effect of forcing the raptors to leave the area in the search for prey.

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