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 omnivore 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.
Hunting mammals like foxes, hares and deer is illegal in the UK. Many people however remain confused when they hear terms like ‘trail hunting’, ‘drag hunting’ and ‘exempt hunting’. This page explains what these terms mean.
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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.
It's time to fight against dog fighting in the UK. It's time for action.
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
Hunting was banned in England and Wales 13 years ago - so it's about time hunts stopped killing animals. Read more
A call for the National Trust to stop allowing hunts on its land, amid concerns that animals are still being chased and killed under the guide of 'trail' hunting, will be heard at more than 20 sites nationwide. Read more
The League welcomes a jail sentence and lifetime ban on keeping animals handed out to a man for dog fighting and other animal cruelty offences, but says stronger deterrents are needed. Read more
Wildlife is under attack on all fronts. If it isn't the hunters with their dogs or the gamekeepers and farmers with their guns, traps, snares and poisons, it is road traffic taking its toll. Read more