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Hare Preservation Trust

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~ Working for the preservation and welfare of the hare ~

Welcome to the Hare Preservation Trust

brown hares boxing
Credit: Tony Bates

News 12th May 2017.

Theresa May has made it clear that she sees no problem with repealing the Hunting With Dogs Act, if she is returned to power on June 8th. We suspect this may be just the tip of the iceberg.

The Hare Preservation Trust is pleased to say it is part of a new coalition of 21 animal welfare charities and campaign groups, with a mission statement as follows.

"We are charities and campaigners who represent the many millions of people in Britain who care about the welfare of wild, domestic and farmed animals and who support the laws that protect them.

We are calling on party leaders and general election candidates to pledge to defend these laws and ensure convicted criminals are properly punished.

We are committed to ensuring that these laws are not weakened, repealed or replaced - either as a result of Brexit or by other means - but that protections are instead strengthened and extended."

To read the letter in detail go to the group specific website

I hope you feel as we do that this is an important group to get behind. It is the first time so many groups have spoken with one voice and there will be other issues that will be brought to the fore in the future.

"As a nation we love animals, we admire them, we care for them, and we are inspired by them. We are therefore morally and legally bound to protect them."

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.

To help you in this endeavour, here is a letter in text format you can copy and paste and drop into a letter or and email, or download the letter to print out (pdf).

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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Hunting Act 2004

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:

The Trust aims: