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We work to expose and end the cruelty inflicted on animals in the name of sport

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: (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 No. 1095234 (England & Wales) No. SC045533 (Scotland) 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. We work with politicians of all parties to further our charitable objectives.

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. We believe this is best done through education, training and legislation. Much of our work is focused on changing laws 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 are you funded?

We rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters as we don't receive any government or lottery funding. We are honoured that some of our supporters choose to remember us in their Will, which is a key source of our funding. You can always find our Accounts on the Charity Commission website, and our Annual Review on our website, which give full information about our income and activities for the previous financial year. 

Do you still have sanctuaries in the West Country?

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

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 occasionally hold supporter events on our sanctuaries 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.

I am interested in starting a University group, how do I go about it?

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

Are there volunteering opportunities with the League?

We do occasionally have volunteers help out in our Godalming office. If you have skills that you feel would be useful in a busy office environment, please send in a CV and cover letter outlining the assistance you are able to offer. If you'd like to help us please get in touch with us on 01483 524 250 or by email at 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: 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>>