Give our hares shooting break

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SOUTH Yorkshire MP Denis MacShane is backing a campaign for a close season for the shooting of brown hares.

A system is already in place in Scotland, to allow the animals time to breed and ensure their numbers do not decline.

Rotherham MP Mr MacShane said: “We need to do everything we can to protect a symbol of the British countryside.

“We have close seasons for the hunting of plenty of other animals to allow them to breed – why should the same not apply to hares?”