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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15 years of the Hunting Act

Hunting is still rife in the UK, despite fifteen years of the hunting ban. Use our new interactive map to find out about your local hunt and get your council to ban them today.

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Author: Fran Jolly

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

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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

  • Campaign to stop hunting on public land launched to mark 15 years since Hunting Act

    National animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports is today highlighting the shocking scale of hunting with hounds still taking place across Great Britain, fifteen years after the Hunting Act came into force. Read more

  • The Hunting Ban Fifteen Years On

    Today marks the anniversary of the Hunting Act coming into force in England and Wales. Fifteen years on there are 299 hunts operating in Britain, the reality is hunting continues just as it did before the ban. Read more

  • County Down farmers say no to hunting with dogs

    County Down farmers met local councillors at an event yesterday evening to try and find a way to deal with the impact trespassing hunts and their hounds have been having on their land. Read more

  • Hollow victory for hunting in deer hunt court case

    Animal welfare campaigners have described today’s not guilty verdict as a hollow victory for hunting after two men associated with the Quantock Staghounds deer hunt avoided a criminal conviction at Taunton Magistrates’ Court. Read more