The antis ambushed Scotland’s political process and, in under a week in June 2020, they pushed through a ban on catching or killing mountain hares, likely to come into force after the 2020 season (starts 1 August), which goes ahead as normal. The world of wildlife management has been left reeling. Scottish wildlife manager Niall Rowantree and English ‘tourist’ falconer Roy Lupton discuss what happened, and what’s going to happen to Scotland’s hares, with additional material from Clayton Fletcher in South Africa and Jason Doyle in Ireland.
Click here for our news story about the ban
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Incidentally, the SNP is in such disarray over the hare amendment, former environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham sent this incredible letter to the Scottish Gamekeepers Association:
The Mountain Hare Bill calamity continues. @strathearnrose writes to SGA Chairman 2 thank him for urging her to SUPPORT Alison Johnstone’s amendment! Insult to injury or office mistake? A few others have had the same. pic.twitter.com/KXs3eEgS2O
— Scottish Gamekeepers (@ScotGamekeepers) June 20, 2020
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