Caught in the Act

Hare hunting – a lesser known cruel ‘sport’ that is by no means less cruel.

The hare is an innocent creature caught in the weaves of archaic hunting practices. The hunting season has started and will last right up until March next year – one of our most iconic creatures will be hunted until exhaustion sets in and its fate is sealed.

We need your support.

We’re hoping to educate our law enforcement to spot the signs of hare hunting, as well as campaign for protection for hares under the law.

Can we count on your support?

This video demonstrates the harsh reality hares face when being hunted:

We’ve exposed the terrible reality of hare hunting – can you help us change this reality?

Hare hunting near you

England and Wales:

Hare hunting is big business. Right now there are still at least 71 active hare hunting groups, across England and Wales. This is despite hare hunting being criminalised in 2004. Hunts will often use the excuse that they are hunting rabbits – a legal activity – or claim to be ‘trail’ hunting.

Together we can change this.


26,000 mountain hares on average are being killed each year on grouse shooting estates. In June, the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of an amendment to the Animals and Wildlife Bill 1981, finally giving mountain hares protected species status across the country.

Your support allowed us (as part of the Revive Coalition) to put pressure on the Scottish Government to take decisive action on mass culls and against the ‘sport’ shooting of mountain hares.

Together we can enforce this.

Northern Ireland

Hunting with dogs is still legal in Northern Ireland and hares continue to be chased to their deaths by organised hunts and individuals with dogs.

Our recent polling shows more than three quarters of people in Northern Ireland think hare hunting should be banned. We’ve also helped the farming community speak out about the havoc wreaked by hunting.

Now that Stormont has returned, continuing our work with national politicians and local communities will be more important than ever, as we push for a hunting ban and to give hares the full protection they need.

Together we can change this.

Let’s expose hare hunting for the callous ‘sport’ it is and work together to create a kinder society where hares can thrive in the safety of our beautiful countryside.