The population of Hares has suffered a serious decline in the UK with an estimated 80% reduction within the last 100 years. A government target to double numbers by 2010 sadly failed.
HSI reports that due to a lack of protection of hares during their breeding season, every year tens of thousands of young hares are left to die when their mothers are killed.
Legislation has just come into force in Scotland making it an offence to intentionally or recklessly kill, injure or take brown hares from 1st February to 30th September, and mountain hares from 1st March to 31st July. Most of mainland Europe protects hares during the breeding season too.
Please contact your MP and ask them to help protect young hares in the UK by signing Early Day Motion 2531 which introduces a close season during this sensitive breeding period.
Please ask your friends to do the same by sharing on Facebook and Twitter.