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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 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.

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: