Welcome to the Hare Preservation Trust
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News 25th July 2015. Opposing the Alston Hare Hunting Festival 2015.
The central committee of the Hunt Saboteurs Association responsible for campaigns and the Hare Preservation Trust are pleased to announce a joint venture to oppose the Alston Hare Hunting Festival 2015.
In 2014 the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) launched a campaign against the Alston Hare Festival, which takes place in and around Alston, Cumbria.
This event normally lasts a week and in 2013, resulted in the death of many hares, even though the practice is illegal under the Hunting Act. Hare hunts from all over the UK attend and it is viewed as one of the major hare hunting festivals. Due to the attention of Hunt Saboteurs in 2014, the event had for all purposes ended by the Wednesday and many hares were saved.
The HSA has made it very clear from the start of the year, that they intend returning to Alston in 2015, and they are very pleased to announce that they will be doing so with the financial support of the Hare Preservation Trust (HPT). A substantial donation from the HPT has been provided to cover accommodation and transport costs for the large numbers of Hunt Saboteurs who will be required to ensure that the Alston festival, once again, fails to hunt and kill hares (an endangered species) for no other reason than the pleasure hunters get from the activity.
News 25th May 2015. Repeal of the Hunting with Dogs Act.
The Government have stated their desire to repeal the Hunting with Dogs Act. Most people associate this with fox hunting ... however there are upwards of 84 beagle/harrier packs in the UK specifically for hunting hares (beagles on foot, harriers on horseback). We would be pleased if you would write to your MP to impress upon him or her that you and 88% of the population canvassed recently by Mori completely disagree with this.
Thanks so much for helping fight for the UK's most iconic mammal!
About the Hare Preservation Trust
The grace and beauty of the brown hare, Lepus europaeus, have become symbolic of the British countryside. After the long winter months there can be few sights more uplifting to the human spirit than the spring-time boxing antics of these delightful creatures.
But the brown hare has become increasingly rare, especially in western regions. It is second only to the water vole as the British mammal which has shown the greatest decline during the past century.
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Please contact your MP and ask them to vote against a repeal of the Hunting Act. If you are any doubt about the cruelty of hare coursing please visit our Films page. Contact details for your MP can be found at: www.parliament.uk.
The Trust aims:
- To act as a focal point for the gathering of all types of information about hares and to convey that information to members through regular news bulletins.
- To raise the hare's profile through the media and promote improved education about hares.
- To encourage all landowners to view hares as welcome residents of their land and to actively participate in ways of improving the preservation and welfare of hares.
- Liaising with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the aims and objectives of the HPT and to exchange information and advise them about hares.
- To encourage further research into the reasons for the decline of the brown hare in Britain and to propose ways in which the trend might be reversed.
- To lobby Government for increased legal protection for hares and to ensure that existing legislation is enforced.
- To promote constructive enjoyment of hares in their natural habitats, for example by hare watching, photography, video production, painting or drawing.