Tuesday, 8 January 2013 1:55 PM
Conservatives Against Fox Hunting launch the new Blue Hare website for a close season for hares. The organisation started campaigning for a close season for hares in May 2011 in the House Of Commons and charted the development of the campaign on the Blue Fox website. All future campaign updates for a close season for hares will now be reported on the Blue Hare website www.bluehare.org.uk
A Species Action Plan for brown hares was introduced in 1995 by the government which aimed to double spring numbers by 2010. This target has not been achieved.In our opinion, a close season will:
Bring England into line with Scotland, Northern Ireland, and most of mainland Europe who already have close seasons for hares.
Help meet government objectives and targets to increase hare populations.
Stop the killing of many thousands of pregnant and nursing females and therefore prevent the suffering and eventual death endured by their dependent leverets, recognised by DEFRA as a huge animal welfare issue.
Early Day Motion 2531, tabled by MP Adrian Sanders in December 2011 called for a close season and attracted 146 signatures (as of July 2012): http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/2531
The new EDM 15 proceeds with the close season for hares support http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/15.
The 1892 Hare Preservation Act covers the sale (but crucially not the killing) of hares from 1st March to 31st July. This legislation is clearly inadequate and in need of urgent modernisation.Only a legally binding close season can offer real protection for hares during their breeding season, and achieve the benefits listed above .Ultimately, we would like to see a full cessation of the sport shooting of hares and it is time for a close season for hares at the very least.