A campaign asking Scottish Natural Heritage to confer protected species status upon the mountain hare has reached almost 4,000 signatures.
Thousands of mountain hares are being shot and snared in Scotland because they allegedly carry a disease which reduces the number of grouse available to be shot for “sport”. In some areas where mountain hares were previously abundant they are now rare or extinct. This is a national scandal.
SNH is appealing for “voluntary restraint” from the grouse shooting lobby, but they have already had years to put their house in order. The time has now come for robust, properly enforced legislation to protect the mountain hare which is an important part of Scotland’s biodiversity and a revenue earning tourist attraction.
To add your voice to the petition and ask SNH to protect these beautiful animals now, please click this link: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-the-mountain-hare-3
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