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’.
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10,000 fox cubs are killed every year during the cub hunting season.
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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. Read more
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
In the future we’ll look back disdainfully at the practice, and justifications, of shooting animals and birds for ‘sport’. I hope that future isn’t too far off. Read more
Snares are cruel and indiscriminate, causing unnecessary suffering to huge numbers of animals. The majority of EU countries have banned snaring; it’s high time the UK did too. Read more
Shooting estates are being propped up by the unnecessary slaughter of British wildlife, claims a new League report. Read more
Some of us are captivated by their beauty, their majesty, their adaptability or their tenacity; whilst others fear predators, or loathe them and do everything they can to destroy them. Read more