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Frequently Asked Questions

q&asFeatured below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the League. For more information about our specific campaigns, visit Our Campaigns

If you would like to submit a further question, please email us at: info@league.org.uk (or complete and submit the form on the right) and we will endeavour to get back to you with an answer within 48 hours.

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What is the League Against Cruel Sports?

The League Against Cruel Sports is a registered charity (England and Wales No. 1095234) that brings together people who care about animals. We were founded in 1924 and we campaign to end cruelty to animals in the name of sport.

Are you a politically affiliated organisation?

No. As an organisation with charitable status, we are required to be politically neutral.

Are you an animal rights/extremist organisation?

No. We are an animal welfare charity and we are concerned with ending cruelty to animals in the name of 'sport'. The League primarily deals with what some people do or want to do to animals that causes them unnecessary suffering. Human wrongs can be addressed by education, training and legislation. We work to change the law in order to reduce cruelty to animals for sport.

Who runs the League?

The League is managed by a Board of Trustees, who are elected by members. They appoint the Chief Executive, and he manages the League's paid employees. The current Chief Executive is Joe Duckworth.

How many members do you have?

We have a range of supporters who do different things for us, at different times. Our mix of members, donors and campaigners adds up to over 80,000 people who regularly act to support us on campaigns against cruel sports.

Do you have celebrity supporters?

Yes. We have a number of celebrities who are Vice Presidents. These include Alesha Dixon, Bill Oddie and Annette Crosbie. Other celebrity supporters include Mark Thomas, Ricky Gervais, Sir David Jason, Alison Steadman and Eddie Izzard. We are also working increasingly closely with Brian May, through his animal welfare organisation, Save Me, including the anti-badger cull campaign. Find out more>>

How are you funded?

We don't receive any government or lottery funding and we rely on the generosity of our supporters. We are honoured that some of our supporters choose to remember us in their Will, which is a key source of funding for the League. 

Can I visit your sanctuaries?

Our sanctuaries are not routinely open to the public, in order to protect the many and varied species of wildlife living on the sanctuaries. We sometimes have events there, though, and some group and school visits can be facilitated. Members of the League get priority access as part of their membership.

Why do you show such upsetting pictures and videos?

We are sorry if anyone is distressed by graphic pictures or videos. We always try to warn people beforehand, but it is also important that people see and understand the reality of the cruelty that takes place in Britain and throughout the world. Video Library>>

Surely angling is a cruel sport?

The League Against Cruel Sports does not have a policy on angling. As a charity with limited resources, we direct our resources where we feel we can be most effective.

Are you against the killing of any animal?

The League is against the cruelty of causing suffering to animals for sport. If and when animals are used as food, we believe that the rearing and slaughter methods used should not cause suffering.

Tell us about your Sanctuaries in the West Country

We previously owned a significant amount of land in Devon and Somerset. Some of these we purchased many years ago to provide areas where hunters could not pursue hunted animals, and others have been given to us to manage, by supporters including Sir Paul McCartney. We have now sold some of these areas but have retaining the sporting rights so that animals cannot be hunted or shot over them. Read more>>

What about cock fighting?

Cockfighting is illegal in the UK however sadly still goes on. Where it’s found or reported to us, we’ll take action and report it to the police. Thankfully, most of Europe has banned it, although there are some areas in the Benelux countries where it continues and in some circumstances does so legally.

Do you have supporter groups people can get involved with?

Yes, we have a growing number of  regional Supporter Groups around the country, and they always welcome new supporters. We are currently in the process of setting up a number of new groups around the country. Details of the groups can be found here>> or by calling our office on: 01483 524 250.

Do you have student groups in universities?

Please contact us by calling 01483 524 250 or emailing info@league.org.uk and we will give you advice and help on how you can support the League at University.

Are there volunteering opportunities with the League?

If you'd like to help us please get in touch with us on 01483 524 250 or by email at info@league.org.uk. If you're interested in joining one of our local groups you can find out details here>>.

There is dog fighting, hunting, bullfighting and other cruel sports all over the world, so why do you concentrate on the UK?

The fact that cruel sports are illegal in most of the UK does not mean that they have entirely stopped. The League does campaign to a certain degree in other countries, but also feels that it is necessary to be on top of the situation in the UK before telling the rest of the world how they should organise their affairs.

For example, bullfighting doesn't take place in the UK and or campaign is international. We hope in the longer term that this will also be the case for other cruel sports such as dog fighting, hunting and commercial shooting.

Are you on Twitter?

Yes. Our profile name on twitter is ‘LeagueACS’ and we have over 21,000 followers.

Are you on Facebook?

Yes, and we have over 52,000 fans on there!

Go to: www.facebook.com/LeagueAgainstCruelSports to find us.

Do you have a blog?

Yes. Go to the Blog Home page and click on the 'Blog' icon blog icon to register for updates (does not work with Google Chrome).

How can I report a wildlife crime?

The League relies on information received from supporters and members of the public. In complete confidence we would like to know about those who commit cruelty to mammals in the name of sport. Please call us our Wildlife Crimewatch line on 01483 361 108 to speak to a member of the team or fill out an online form to report a wildlife crime or call or request a callback>>