A LANCASTER business has apologised after an investigation into a claim that it had been selling hare meat out of season.
The Port of Lancaster Smokehouse, in Glasson Dock, was reported to the Hare Preservation Trust after a customer spotted hare meat for sale by the firm at Harrogate Flower Show last month.
Under the Hares Preservation Act 1892, it is unlawful to sell or expose for sale any hare or leveret meat between March and July, regardless of when they were killed.
The legislation is endorsed by DEFRA, in view of a 75 per cent decline nationally in the brown hare population since the 1960s.
However, there is an exemption for foreign hares imported into Britain for sale.
The law – which could lead to a fine of £200 – aims to safeguard brown hares during their breeding season.
See the Lancaster Guardian (12-05-11) for full story.