Ground Game Act 1880
|Act of Parliament|
|Long title||An Act for the better protection of Occupiers of Land against injury to their Crops from Ground Game.|
|Citation||1880 c.47 43 & 44 Vict.|
|Territorial extent||United Kingdom|
|Royal assent||7 September 1880|
|Text of the Ground Game Act 1880 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk|
The Ground Game Act 1880 (43 & 44 Vict.) is a law that was passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in 1880 by Gladstone's government, as a result of many complaints over many decades about the intolerable amount of damage that farmers' crops were suffering from damage by wild rabbits and hares and landowners not allowing farmland occupiers to kill them because of game preservation.
This law gives land occupiers the inalienable right to kill rabbits and hares on the land which they occupy.