Hares threatened with extinction

A repeal of the 2004 Hunting Act would accelerate the overall demise of our iconic brown hares, already listed in a 2011 zoology report for possible extinction by 2050.

Thursday, 25th May 2017, 4:42 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:37 pm

One third of the hunts (with dogs) in England and Wales target these declining hares, not foxes. The Act also outlaws hare coursing but a repeal would further encourage this intrusive and destructive activity, already so distressing to farmers and problematic to police forces, countrywide. The police would, as a result of repeal, have diminished legal powers against the coursing perpetrators.

John Rimington

Technical Liaison Officer

Hare Preservation Trust

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