The League is a well respected lobby group in Westminster and the devolved parliaments.
Throughout many years of campaigning - not least during the passage of the of the bill which banned hunting with dogs in 2004 - the League has developed an impressive range of political contacts, which has given us the expertise and knowledge to lead on many animal welfare campaigns. Over the past year we have been involved in lobbying parliamentarians on a number of issues, including:
- Lobbying the Government as part of the 'Team Badger' coalition, which includes IFAW and the RSPCA, to try and stop the proposed badger cull in England
- Lobbying Government, opposition parties, other politicians and stakeholders to ban snaring throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Ensuring the Hunting Act is protected against the threat of a Parliamentary vote on repeal
- Meeting with Police and Crime Commissioners across the country to ensure the investigation of wildlife crime is given the priority it deserves
Along with our Head of Public Affairs, we also have Senior Public Affairs Officers for England and Westminster, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, who work with the devolved assemblies on animal welfare issues to ensure the League's voice is heard throughout the United Kingdom.
We have also raised our profile with politicians even further by launching "Friends of the League" in Parliament. This is a networking group open to politicians and their staff. Its principal aims will be to build upon the support we already have and engage with those who may be unaware of our activities in other areas, such as bullfighting, dog fighting and the wider aspects of wildlife crime.
Friends of the League will offer greater opportunity to engage with parliamentarians and stakeholders to help develop our political strategy for key campaigns. This will not only strengthen our ties with current supporters, but will help promote our campaigns with a new generation of politicians from across the political spectrum that are determined to stop cruelty in the name of sport.
"I know a majority of my constituents support the work the League Against Cruel Sports is doing and I will do all I can to support the campaign in Parliament.” Adrian Sanders MP, Liberal Democrat - Torbay and a League Vice President
Political Supporters of the League