Landowners and farmers are licensed to kill more than 1,300 brown hares every year during the breeding season, prompting accusations that their young will be left to starve to death.
New data has revealed more than 300 serious welfare breaches during live transport of animals in recent years.
Scottish Government plans to simultaneously introduce legal protection to beavers while giving licences to land managers to shoot them have raised concerns.
Thousands of farm animals have suffered in more than 700 serious breaches of welfare rules in Scotland over the last two years.
Food watchdog accused of a “cover-up” after it attempted to discredit revelations about the alleged mislabelling of Scottish beef.
Farmers and gamekeepers are shooting “as many beavers as possible” on Tayside before they are brought under legal protection, according to emails released by the Scottish Government.