Do you want to get active in your local area or join a League Against Cruel Sports supporter group near to where you live? It is such a great way to meet like minded people and inform the general public that cruelty to animals in the name of sport is very real and is taking place all across the country!

The League Against Cruel Sports is growing its supporter base through its Regional Campaign Managers that are currently situated in the North East, South West and the West Midlands. Here in the West Midlands and central England three new groups have set up, Gloucestershire, West Midlands and Oxfordshire.  Although the issues we campaign on are very serious it has been a lot of fun making some new friends and attending some really wonderful events.  Having our meetings in pubs, cafés and village halls means there is always something nice to eat and drink too!

In July the West Midlands group held a stall at Birmingham Wildlife Festival. They raised over £200 for the League which was outstanding plus enjoyed some wonderful music and some tasty food. Vinny the fox enjoyed it so much he had to get up and have a dance! Members of the public were shocked to hear that the barbaric sport of hunting is still taking place and went away educated on the myth that is ‘trail’ hunting. We also received many more signatures on our hunting kills petition. Since the wildlife festival, the West Midlands group have protested outside National Trust property Back to Backs in Birmingham against the National Trust issuing licenses for hunts to hunt on their land. The next supporter group meeting is planned for the 21st September. You can find all the details for this event here

In Gloucestershire the new League Against Cruel sports group have been very busy. Their first street stall was held in the Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water and was a great success. The cruel, unscientific badger cull is sadly on their doorstep so supporters gave out leaflets on the badger cull as well as trail hunting. Holiday makers and residents alike were horrified to hear that hunts still go out and kill wild animals. One member of the public was so disgusted she gave a generous donation in support of the League’s work.

The Gloucestershire group have also been out protesting at National Trust properties and have held stalls at Stroud vegan fair and Wychwood music festival where they also raised well over £200. In the next few weeks they will continue to put pressure on the National Trust by protesting at National Trust properties until 'trail' hunting is banned from their lands for good.

The Oxfordshire group is the newest in the region. At a recent supporter group meeting there were many ideas on how they wish to campaign in the local area and move forwards as a group.  You will hopefully see them in Oxford on a street stall in the near future and at least two events before Christmas. They will also be leafletting on the Buscot National Trust Estate on August 24th

Come along, get active and help us campaign for a better future for animals. Your voice is important.

Members of the west Midlands supporter group on their stall at Birmingham Wildlife Festival

Petition

The League is encouraging members of the public to sign their petition titled ‘stop the killing of animals by hunts in the UK’.