George calls for new close season to protect Hares

George Eustice has today called for a new close season to protect hares during their breeding season as official statistics showed that around 300,000 of them are shotfor sport every year. 

Hares are an iconic animal for many in the country, but the failure to arrest the decline in numbers have seen calls increase for the introduction of a close season. It is estimated that the UK wide population has fallen from four million in the late 19th Century to under 800,000 now. This is predominantly an animal welfare issue in that dependent baby hares (leverets) are left to starve if their mother is shot.

Above you will find a short video of the Bill that I introduced and if you would like to read more about it then you can do so at:…