A BBC investigation, initiated by our two-year inquiry, has exposed an international network which breeds, sells and transports dogs to take part in dog fights around the world, including the UK.

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Trees for wildlife

The trees on our animal sanctuaries provide food, shelter and protection for our wildlife. Find out how you can help us plant a tree and leave a legacy for future generations of wildlife.


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Author: Luis Calvo-Ramos - Head of Digital & Data

Discover all the ways you can help animals persecuted in the name of sport

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Our Sanctuaries

The League owns wildlife sanctuaries in Somerset and Devon, where animals can live free from persecution

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Key Campaigns

  • Fox Hunting

    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

    Dog fighting as a ‘sport’ was banned in 1835, as even then it was considered barbaric. But this horrific form of dog abuse continues.
    It's time to take a stand against dog fighting. Read more

  • Shooting

    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

Latest News & Research

  • United to End Horse Deaths

    The reality of horse racing is a brutal one. Many horses die as a result of their injuries. Read the latest blog from our Regional Campaign Manager, Emily Lawrence, who teamed up with the League Gloucestershire group and other local activists to campaign against the Cheltenham Festival. Read more

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg: entertaining the hunt

    The Mendip Farmers Hunt – which met recently at the country home of Jacob Rees-Mogg MP in Somerset – has been caught on camera fox hunting. Read more

  • A beacon of hope

    "Thanks to the generosity of League supporters we can continue to provide some respite for wildlife, where it can go about its daily life without being harassed by humans." Read the latest from Paul Tillsley, our Head of Conservation & Education speaks about what is going on at our wildlife sanctuaries and how important these safe havens are. Read more

  • National Trust cancels hunting licence for the Kingston Lacy Estate

    The National Trust has cancelled its controversial hunting license for the Portman Hunt at Kingston Lacy Estate. Read more