Hares live above ground in nests, not underground like rabbits. They can reach speeds of up to 56km per hour, but that didn't stop one losing a race to a tortoise... More fun hare facts here! Read more
Did you know pheasants can reach 89cm in length? And partridges don't live in pear trees? Find out more here! Read more
There are 217 registered breeds of dogs - the most widely abundant carnivore on the planet. A dog's sense of smell is 40 times as sensitive as humans. More fun dog facts here! Read more
Foxes use 28 different vocal calls to communicate, and often form a pair that lasts for life. Foxes wag their tails to greet family members - just like dogs. More fox facts here! Read more
Many millions of animals suffer and die each year for the sake of ‘sport’.
We’re here to protect them.
Hunts parade on Boxing Day despite majority opposition to hunting
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The League owns wildlife sanctuaries in Somerset and Devon, where animals can live free from persecution
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Animals are hurt illegally in the name of sport and we want to hear about it. You can report wildlife crime and dog fighting through our confidential Animal Crimewatch service.
Hunting was banned in England and Wales in 2004, but the law has never been properly enforced, and attempts to weaken or repeal it continue. The hunting law in Scotland is weak, and hunting is still legal in Northern Ireland. Read more
Dog fighting as a ‘sport’ was banned in 1835, as even then it was considered barbaric. But this horrific form of dog abuse still goes on. The League is determined to uncover and help to prevent dog fighting in the UK. Read more
100,000 birds are shot every day in the UK during the shooting season. Commercial shooting in the UK is a cynical industry which exploits loopholes in animal welfare laws, puts our landscape at risk and exaggerates any financial benefit to the economy. Read more
Mid-winter means hard times for the wildlife on the League’s wildlife sanctuaries and spring still seems a long way away. Read more
We are working very hard to end the use of snares in Wales Read more
Wildlife and pets may be a little bit safer in Scotland today as a new licensing law for airguns comes into force. Read more
Hunts parade on Boxing Day despite majority opposition to hunting Read more