Is the Wild Haggis in danger of becoming extinct?

As many of you tonight will sit down to a Burns Supper and undoubtedly tuck in to Scotland’s tastiest delicacy- the haggis- it is important to consider the impact this annual celebration is having on the over-farming of the Wild Haggis and the potential threat of the species becoming extinct.

The 25th of January is Scotland’s day to celebrate our national bard (the heaven-taught plowman) Robert Burns. Burns’ was born in Alloway and lived from 1759-1796. His poems are  regarded  as some of the best works of Scottish Literature. He is responsible for recording the popular Auld Lang Syne, which is sung on New Years Eve, and penned the well-loved classic To a Mouse. However it is Burns’ authorship of :

Address to a Haggis

which leads his many faithful fans to consume the delicacy on the date of his birth to celebrate his life and works. However this annual spike in Haggis consumption has led to over-farming and under-breeding leading to a stark decline in the Haggis population.

Please follow this link:

‘Applications of Ultrasonography in the reproductive management of the Haggis’- A.M. King, L. Cromarty, C.Patterson, J.S. Boyd.

to learn more about the physiology of the haggis and the breeding practices being developed to attempt to remove the haggis from the endangered species list.



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