Scotlands mountain hare
Mountain hare culls and driven hunts are happening right now. They’re completely legal, but we’re trying to change that. If you are out in the Highlands or Borders over the coming weeks, keep your eyes peeled and please report any evidence of culls. Or if you know anyone who does, please forward this email.
The Highlands look magnificent at this time of year. The raw beauty of the mountains and forests wrapped in their winter cloak is an unbeatable sight. But look beyond the magical snowy veneer, and you will find shocking cruelty.
This is the time of year that the mountain hare culls and hunts reach their peak intensity. On the 1st of March the closed season prohibits culls, protecting these poor animals whilst they breed. So for those estates that want to eradicate mountain hares, they only have six weeks to get their ‘job’ done. It’s not just the culls though. Plenty of folk will be out shooting huge numbers for ‘sport’ too.
When we held our #HareCare rally at the Scottish Parliament in November, the Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, addressed us. She said this:
“the Government does not support mass culling. We don’t want to see mass culling, but we do need the evidence. If you can provide us with actual evidence … then certainly we will be looking at dealing further with this issue”
There is already ample evidence of mass culls, such as the photographs of a mass cull in the Cairngorms National Park from this time last year. The rambler who stumbled upon this scene reported that the truck was part of a 20-strong group of armed gamekeepers from several surrounding sporting estates equipped with more than a dozen off-road vehicles. Indeed, a leading member of the Cairngorm National Park Authority is even supporting culls by advising that gamekeepers conceal carcasses to prevent people like us seeing what is happening.
But the Cabinet Secretary wants more, so let’s see if we can help her out. If you’re out in the Scottish Borders or Highlands this winter, keep your eyes open and if you see anything suspicious, do as the Cabinet Secretary advises: take some photos. Then get in touch with us asap! We can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 661 9734. Remember, this activity is legal so you cannot and should not intervene in any way, just collect some evidence and move on.
You could also help by forwarding this email to friends or family that might be out and about in these areas over the coming weeks.