Many millions of animals suffer and die each year for the sake of ‘sport’.

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League Against Cruel Sports Election Minifesto 2017

Election 2017 could be crucial for animals – particularly those protected by the Hunting Act. Find out what we’re doing to help.



Author: Luis Calvo

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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.

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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

    It's time to fight against dog fighting in the UK. It's time for action.

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  • 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

  • Mixed bag for animal welfare in manifestos

    While our Vinny the Fox has been getting on with his campaign, so have the political parties. The last week has seen manifestos released by the Labour, Liberal Democrat, and Conservative parties. We give our view on their pledges. Read more

  • Hunting Act has ‘helped prevent cruelty to over 100,000 animals’

    As a free vote to repeal the Hunting Act is included in the Conservative manifesto, the League releases new figures estimating that the Hunting Act has helped over 100,000 animals. Read more

  • Vinny the Fox Cub enters election for a ‘cruelty free future’

    Seven week old fox cub Vinny has launched an audacious election campaign to encourage political candidates to join him in calling for a ‘cruelty free future’. Read more

  • Mass coalition unites for animals

    21 leading animal welfare charities and campaign groups have written to all the party leaders in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, urging them to maintain the UK’s animal protection laws amid fears some of them may be scrapped after the election. Read more