About us Our history 2020 – Mountain hares in Scotland given greater protection The Scottish Parliament voted to recognise mountain hares as a protected species. This would put an end to Scotland’s mass scale killing of the hares. Alison Johnstone MSP tabled an amendment a week before the Stage 3 Debate on amendments to Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill. The amendment received a huge amount of support from the public. More than 22,500 signing the Scottish Greens petition to recognise mountain hares as a protected species in just a few days. OneKind had campaigned to end mountain hare persecution since 2016.