YOUR vote to end mass slaughter of mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors

As you know, Scottish Greens MSP Alison Johnstone has recently lodged an amendment to the Animals & Wildlife Bill, which would make mountain hares a protected species, effectively ending the mass slaughter on grouse moors (see earlier blog here).

An estimated 26,000 mountain hares are killed on grouse moors every year. Here’s one of them, shot and left to rot on Glenogil Estate in the Angus Glens. Photo by OneKind:

Alison’s amendment is due to be debated and then voted upon by the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 17 June 2020.

There has been a LOT of activity on social media since the amendment was announced, with many constituents contacting their MSPs and asking for an indication of how they intend to vote on this issue.

As a further demonstration of public support for the amendment, the Scottish Greens have launched a public petition where YOU can have your say. It has gathered over 7,000 votes in the last two days. If you’d like to sign it, please click HERE

For those who want to learn more about the mass killing of mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors, this 2017 report (here) provides a good introduction, as does this video:

124 Responses to “YOUR vote to end mass slaughter of mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors”

  1. 1 Simon Tucker
    June 14, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Signed & Shared

  2. 2 D Maureen Booth
    June 14, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Is nothing sacred these days?

  3. 4 Chrissy Davied
    June 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    This has to end

  4. 5 Carole Hay
    June 14, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Signed and shared

  5. June 14, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Utterly disgraceful waste of animals life

  6. 10 Karen Holmes
    June 14, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Absolutely unbelievable.

    • 11 Wendy Robinson
      June 14, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      There is unecessary killing of many animals, usually due to man’s demand for things that make them money! Please STOP killing these beautiful mountain Hares!They will become wiped out,like so many mammals and birds before them.Once they’ve gone, there’s no regretting it,and trying to bring them back!

  7. 12 Anabela
    June 14, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Stop killing everything!! Give at rest! 😪😪

  8. 14 Sheryl young
    June 14, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    You should be ashamed

  9. 15 Sam Kelly
    June 14, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Please stop the murder of innocent hares. Please.

  10. 16 Jane Sharp
    June 14, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Signed and shared

  11. 17 Andrew ball
    June 14, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    This has no place.

  12. 18 Robert Bamford
    June 14, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Rotten to the core, Scottish government does not care it likes the Tourist income from the estates. Turns a blind eye all the time. This needs stopping.

  13. 19 Gabrielle Hamilton
    June 14, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    This horrendous.. please stop!

  14. June 14, 2020 at 6:18 pm




  15. 21 Leo Galante
    June 14, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    This is barbaric and needs to stop.

  16. 22 Ralph church
    June 14, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Trouble is, yes, it’s appalling and must stop but, we find it so easy to focus on these truly vile practices. In truth, they are acting as a distraction to disgaceful truths that sit right under our noses. Road building, house building to accommodate our overpopulation. Everywhere one looks in the UK today, someone is keen to destroy, exploit, comoditise valuable wildlife habitat, pushing native populations of mammals, birds fish, invertebrates etc, to the limit.

  17. 23 Pauline Jones
    June 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm


  18. 24 Lynsey Brady
    June 14, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    End this now, poor animals haven’t done anything to hurt anyone. This whole virus came about from the mistreatment and killing of innocent beings!!

  19. 25 Elizabeth winter
    June 14, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Please stop the mass killing of mountain hares on the grouse moors. The culling of any animal /species for the profit of the few, especially when done to facilitate the killing of another( bred for killing species) is morally abhorrent and has no place in the 21st century.

  20. 26 Deirdre E. O'Doherty
    June 14, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Please stop the mass killing of mountain hares on the grouse moors. The culling of any animal or species for the profit of a few, especially when it’s to facilitate the killing of another creature (specifically bred for killing) is morally abhorrent and has no place in the 21st century. Please end it as soon as possible.

  21. 27 Andy Knight
    June 14, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Why is this happening?

  22. 28 Shelley Fraser
    June 14, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Killing mountain hares to protect birds that are then going to be shot is just plain illogical and makes aspects of Scotland, as in hunting and those who support or allow it to happen, look barbaric and backwards. Move forward Scottish parliament and stop this from happening, vote against the shooting of such a beautiful animal for a pointless reason.

  23. June 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    This is absolutely disgusting

  24. 30 Ann Lamb
    June 14, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    End the cruelty

  25. 31 Carol O'Toole
    June 14, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Killing a keystone species in order to artificially inflate the numbers of
    another for sport. This is ecocide

  26. 32 Yvonne Elliot
    June 14, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Stop The Killing of our Wildlife !!!!

  27. 33 Lyndsey Taylor
    June 14, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    This is just so very wrong. We should treasure our wildlife not destroy it.

  28. 34 Carol Roberts
    June 14, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Signed & shared

  29. 35 Anne Lindsell
    June 14, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Pass that law

  30. 36 J Hunter
    June 14, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    This is an absolutely senseless act, purely so the lord’s can go on their shoots, it’s about time it was stopped

  31. 37 AnMac
    June 14, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    A long overdue petition to the Scottish Government to end the annual slaughter of mountain hares. A disgusting practice practised by estates involved in driven grouse shooting.

  32. June 14, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Disgusting practice

  33. 39 Jean mann
    June 14, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Why are you killing these beautiful creatures

  34. 40 Jackie Nelson
    June 14, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Humans are the scum of the earth…. If I was God I would be disgusted with the human race… we are sad and pitiful

  35. 41 Alan Hartley
    June 14, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Psychopaths getting away with murder 🤬

  36. 42 Lynn Stuart
    June 14, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Signed and shared

  37. 43 John L
    June 14, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I strongly suspect the killing of these hares is just another excuse by the “bullies with guns” to go out and kill something just to satisfy their blood lust egos. Shameful. All recent studies have shown a massive decline in wildlife across the UK, so its time we had better legislation to protect what little is left.

  38. 44 Claire
    June 14, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    This has to stop.

  39. 45 Anne Donald
    June 14, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Time to stop this

  40. 46 Richard Knotts
    June 14, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    They are Beautiful Creatures and rightly so they should be protected as for that matter so should grouse and pheasants

  41. 47 Samantha
    June 14, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Long overdue

  42. 48 Sarah carter
    June 14, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    These are a part of the ecosystem and should be protected

  43. 49 Audrey French
    June 14, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    This is unacceptable

  44. 50 William Fenn
    June 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    More Bullshit by the idle minority

  45. 51 Euan McGlynn
    June 14, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Mass murder of an important species

  46. 52 Janine Owen
    June 14, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Please rethink. Upsetting the balance of nature by mass murder always has repercussions

  47. 53 David O'Neill
    June 14, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Enough is enough. Stop this senseless slaughter.

  48. 54 Ted Shillitto
    June 14, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Words fail me..one question…WHY ?

  49. 55 Judith Andrews
    June 14, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Stop this

  50. 56 Agnes Schmitz
    June 14, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    We now urgently need to treat all living beings with respect.

  51. 57 Penny Cruise
    June 14, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Barbaric, it must stop.

  52. June 14, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Disgusting practice for a disgusting pastime.

  53. 59 J collins
    June 14, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Exactly, why. What harm are they doing

  54. 60 Merlin
    June 14, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    good luck on this one Scotland, correct me if I am wrong but I have been told by a very reliable source that people actually pay to join the keepers in this unsporting act on a game species, to put some context on the subject for those who are unaware a Mountain hare will sit tight thinking it cant be seen till a shooter gets within less than 5 metres, shot at this distance its meat will be inedible. this is lower than canned hunting, the majority of these Hares end up in stink pits, would love to hear the bullshit spin of Duncan Thomas, Adam Gilruth and Amanda Andarson on this compared to the thoughts of grass roots members of their societies

  55. 61 Kathryn Greaves
    June 14, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    An estimated 26,000 mountain hares are killed on grouse moors every year. Just so the rich can be entertained.
    Stop this barbaric slaughter.

  56. 62 Anne Connell
    June 14, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Number of mountain hares decreased substantially. Culling must end. Our wildlife needs to be protected more than ever before.

  57. 63 Sonja Francis
    June 15, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Cruel and unnecessary, a rare and beautiful creature should be protected not slaughtered.

  58. 64 Nelly Takla-Wright
    June 15, 2020 at 12:28 am

    This unnecessary and barbaric loss of wildlife needs to be stopped

  59. 65 Cathy Darley
    June 15, 2020 at 12:45 am

    Sadistic bloodlust. ACW.

  60. 66 Andrew
    June 15, 2020 at 12:48 am

    A barbaric practice . Not the way forward in a civilised eco Britain moving forward . To much cruelty . All blood sports and such activities need to be banned .

  61. 67 Michelle Bates
    June 15, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Please end this cruelty now

    • 68 phil lavender
      June 15, 2020 at 5:32 am

      Thank you Chris and everyone who brought this to the attention of the public. We all stand with you on this

  62. 69 Eileen Frost
    June 15, 2020 at 5:55 am

    So unecessary just for bloodthirsty people.

  63. 70 Carol Wood
    June 15, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Hopefully this archaic sport and the type of people who think it is fun, will be seen for what it and they truly are.

  64. 71 Bimbling
    June 15, 2020 at 7:20 am

    You say “left to rot”.

    Alternatively “left to provide lead-laced carrion for birds of prey”

  65. June 15, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Please stop this unnecessary killing of a beautiful animal just for greed.

  66. 73 Nicky Manton
    June 15, 2020 at 8:13 am

    This is so cruel and heartbreaking. Suffering animals ? Why please stop this!

  67. 74 Sarah Olley
    June 15, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Please stop this cruel behaviour!

  68. June 15, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Signed, and MSP contacted.

  69. 76 Ginny Marshall
    June 15, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Disgusting and unnecessary

  70. 77 Ian Benn
    June 15, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Killing animals and referring to it as sport is obscene. To then go on to kill anything that you think interferes with that barbaric activity is madness. This is destroying finely balanced eco systems and robbing the country side of some of the most beautiful creatures in the UK. Shooting of any animals should be outlawed. Ban guns and snares and make shooting illegal. Ban grouse shooting.

  71. 79 Karl Phillips
    June 15, 2020 at 8:39 am

    No to blood sports

  72. 80 Kerry jones
    June 15, 2020 at 9:07 am

    A totally unnecessary act as usual with no thought for anything but themselves and money


  73. 81 Kerry jones
    June 15, 2020 at 9:07 am

    We have to stop these people !

  74. 82 Tracy webber
    June 15, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Despicable activity

  75. 83 Anne Harvey
    June 15, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Stop the slaughter. These creatures are not destroying the Highlands but the hunters are!

  76. 84 Sarah Dunn
    June 15, 2020 at 9:39 am

    This mass killing is absolutely appalling and has to stop.

  77. 85 Angie McFarlane
    June 15, 2020 at 9:52 am

    It has to stop!

  78. 86 Trefor W
    June 15, 2020 at 10:33 am

    83 comments and counting shows how utterly revolting we find the destruction of mountain hares. Petition signed and letters to my MSPs emailed.

  79. 87 Katherine syred
    June 15, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Sick and evil

  80. 88 Christine Maguire
    June 15, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    It is totally disgusting.

  81. 89 Mrs Margaret Somerville
    June 15, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    It is still NOT right to kill any animal, Man is slowly ridding our planet of all wild animals, please please! Stop!!!

  82. 90 April Young
    June 15, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    This is disgusting 😡😡

  83. 91 Grania woods
    June 15, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    This should stop barbaric !!

  84. 92 Stacey murphy
    June 15, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Please stop brutally culling wildlife.nature has a natural order and selection system.leave these animals alone

  85. 94 Steph W
    June 15, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Signed , commented and shared

  86. 95 Sarah Hitchcock
    June 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Please end the mass slaughter of beautiful mountain hares all for the sake of money.

  87. June 15, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    I wasn’t aware of this. It’s just another instance of the human races parasitic ways throughout the world. Very sad.

  88. 97 Peter Shearer
    June 15, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Come on SNP let us see just how progressive you are or we can conclude that you are not that different to the Tories down south.

  89. 98 Karen Royall
    June 15, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Greed and no respect for what a life means

  90. 99 Matthew Swan
    June 15, 2020 at 7:49 pm


  91. 100 Jennie
    June 15, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Stop this cruelty

  92. 101 Chris Hardy
    June 15, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Just totally shocking.

  93. June 15, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    This needs to be stopped!

  94. 103 Anne Blackett
    June 15, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Leave wildlife alone

  95. 104 Claire Bushnell
    June 15, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Stop the killing of beautiful innocent hares

  96. 105 Dawn Hopkins
    June 15, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    As an animal lover I cannot understand why this barbarity exists. 2020 or the dark ages?

  97. 106 Linda J Jones
    June 15, 2020 at 11:18 pm


  98. 107 Teresa Oliver
    June 16, 2020 at 8:02 am

    You kill the hares which natural food for predators then kill the predators because they kill a few grouse.It makesno ecological sense.Why cant you sit back and watch nature work its wonders with balanced ecosystems full of beauty?

  99. 109 Lourdes San Jose
    June 16, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Why can’t they leave nature alone 😰😢

  100. 110 Michelle orman
    June 16, 2020 at 9:29 am

    This needs to stop now

  101. 111 workshy333
    June 16, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    The point of all this is that, though these ‘people’ will say, ‘Well it is legal, we’ve done nowt wrong’, anyone that is ok with doing this, literally mass slaughter, legally, will have absolutely no qualms about killing occasional, if that is all they can find, birds of prey illegally, and of course the continued, legal killing of much of our other native wildlife. It matters not a jot that they are beautiful cuddly creatures in the end, though that may be the catalyst that provides much needed support for the bill to the otherwise ‘ignorant’, though I use that term not at all disparagingly.

  102. 112 Geoff Collins
    June 16, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    This practice should stop NOW! This is totally barbaric and they should be left alone. They do far less damage than man does. All man wants to do is kill everything!

  103. 113 Christine cummings
    June 16, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    This is disgraceful cruel and barbaric .why kill theses beautys they are not eating your birds are they stop now

  104. 114 Dave Newbold
    June 16, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Petition signed and emails sent to all 8 MSPs in my local area.

    Jenny Marra, LAB, replied and voting in favour of amendment.
    Lewis Macdonald, LAB, replied and voting in favour of amendment.
    Mairi Gougeon, SNP, – replied, giving amendment careful consideration.
    Liam Kerr, CON, no response.
    Bill Bowman, CON, no response.
    Peter Chapman, CON, no response.
    Tom Mason, CON, no response.
    Mike Rumbles, LIB, no response.

  105. 115 Lizzybusy
    June 16, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I thought you and your readers may be interested to learn that the Scottish Government is going to have a busy day tomorrow.

    As well as considering whether to give protected status to hares, it will also be deciding whether to increase the penalties for wildlife crimes. All the amendments lodged under the Animal and Wildlife Penalties, Protections and Powers Bill will be considered and Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, will outline the Scottish Governments position on each of them at the Stage 3 debate tomorrow, which you can watch on the Scottish Parliament website.

    Let’s hope that not only will the hare be protected but the penalties increased to such an extent that they are regarded as serious enough to permit the police to undertake covert surveillance.

  106. 116 Mary Newman
    June 16, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Signed and shared, this is all getting out of hand now. It used to be we killed to eat, but now too many ppl are getting a kick out of it!!!!!😡 This needs to stop NOW!!!

  107. 117 Elaine Rice
    June 16, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Slaughter to ensure rich landowners earn even more from people who get pleasure in killing animals.

  108. 118 Karen Boyle
    June 17, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Its bloody disgusting a disgrace, what is the government doing about this ,

  109. 119 Helena Bayfield
    June 17, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Grow up and stop this slaughter.

  110. 120 Iain Murray
    June 17, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Please stop the slaughter of these beautiful animals

  111. 121 Jan Graveson
    June 17, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Unacceptable 😡

  112. 122 Camilla McConnachie
    June 19, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Disgusting cruelty needs to end!

  113. 123 Pamela Brazier
    June 19, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Why are you doing this, animals matter more than humans, what do we contribute to the world apart from destruction and murder, every animal contributes to the life of the world and its order,,,, STOP DOING THIS

  114. 124 Sue Jagger
    June 30, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Let them live !!!

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