Firm apologises for selling out-of-season hare meat

A meat-smoking business has apologised for selling hare meat out of season.

The Port of Lancaster Smokehouse in Lancashire has apologised after an investigation into a claim that it sold hare meat out of season. It was reported to the Hare Preservation Trust after a customer saw the hare meat for sale at last month’s Harrogate Flower Show.

Under the Hares Preservation Act 1892, it is illegal to sell or offer any hare or leveret meat for sale between March and July, when the hares are breeding. Breaking the law could lead to a fine of £200. The legislation is endorsed by Defra because of the decline of the brown hare population since the 1960s.

Foreign hares imported to the UK for sale are exempt.