Petition Grant the brown hare protection under S5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

The brown hare had a Species Action Plan under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan but no action was taken. In parts of the country they are nearly extinct due to farming practices or hunting.

To save this much loved animal becoming yet another species on the verge of extinction. We need to act now!

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Hares have minimal legal protection because they are considered a game species and can be shot throughout the year, including through their breeding season.

If Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) or Myxomatosis spreads to non-resistant hares the species could be virtually eradicated in a couple of years.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/11/hares-dying-mysteriously-amid-fears-myxomatosis-has-jumped-rabbits/?fbclid=IwAR3bvRSj_M3Xg7uLULB8t2HTLZV6jtfCEcWHouOhr2FGD2rdQfuV8tsvvMw

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