Having been in awe of the League and their work, compassion and commitment for the longest time now, you can only imagine how elated I was to join their incredible team as a Public Affairs and Research Intern! It’s been fantastic helping to collaboratively protect animals being persecuted in the name of ‘sport’ whilst giving these treasured creatures a voice that they deserve yet don’t have.

Since being here, I have had the opportunity to see first-hand the dedication the League have for both animals, supporters and members, which is kept at the heart of everything we do. I have been involved with some incredibly interesting pieces of work, from helping the investigations team, to social media/digital campaigns, to supporting with the planning and organisation of important events. An example of this would be our Annual Parliamentary Reception - this was a great success, helping us to gain exposure to politicians to help advance animal protection and explore ways in which we can all work together to bring about a kinder society.

Something that initially drew me to the League other than my passion for animal welfare, the environment and conservation, was how they deal with animal cruelty and law-breaking. This involves being proactive in working to change attitudes and behaviour through education and by campaigning for stronger laws and penalties. I believe that the importance of educating more people about the realities of wildlife crime is paramount. Educating more of the younger generation on the importance of protecting these animals and teaching more people about the wildlife at our sanctuaries is crucial to better understand why we do what we do. The League is committing more to educating the public on these areas, and I think this will be incredibly worthwhile.

Coming in with a fresh perspective, I honestly feel as though the League is heading in an increasingly  positive new direction. From the Investigations and Sanctuaries team to Marketing and Fundraising, to Campaigns and Public Affairs, every single team hold animals at the forefront of what they do – and that is why I love the League. I genuinely feel so grateful to be a part of one of the UK’s best-loved and most influential animal protection charities and to be able to contribute my previous experience, ability and passion to work together to help stop the killing of innocent animals in the name of cruel ‘sport’.

P.S. I'm on the far left!