News, Blog & Research Blog Volunteer Voices: Why I volunteer for the League I recently became a volunteer for the League Against Cruel Sports. I have been campaigning for as long as I can remember to help protect and look after animals. Since moving to the Cotswolds 15 years ago it was apparent that a strong hunting and shooting community exists. I have struggled with this injustice towards wildlife in the countryside. As a keen walker, explorer and nature watcher I am often disappointed and dismayed with the environment in which I live. It often feels like a shooting ground, where young boys are still playing army games. Except they have grown into fully sized men shooting 'game'! A lot of places have pheasant pens, traps, snares, filled in badger setts, barbed wire, 'Private Property Keep Out' signs - I begin to feel exasperated, frustrated and disappointed. Since joining the League I feel there is hope, joining an organisation that really does speak up for animals. They are working really hard to help, protect and save our wildlife. Since volunteering, I have attended several demonstrations these include the National Dis-Trust campaign. This was a peaceful demo at Upton House (National Trust land) and was a great opportunity to hand out some very enlightening leaflets informing the general public about hunting and what really goes on. The other was at Bourton-on-the-Water where we united with two campaigns. The first was against trail hunting and the other was against the badger cull. This was a good chance to combine a couple of local issues and make the public more aware of our concerns. I was really impressed with the way the League supported and assisted us so we could allow this great opportunity to take place. We had great fun dressing up as a badger and fox, the public enjoyed this too and it was a very constructive afternoon. I have also helped run a stall at several different events, including at Vale Wildlife Hospital Open Day, Wychwood Festival and Stroud Vegan Yoga Festival. These were very enjoyable experiences, where I got to meet lots of interesting and wonderful people doing lots of positive things. I hope to continue to volunteer for the League and do what I can to assist in their great mission to help protect animals. It feels good to be part of an organisation that has a positive outlook and a kind-hearted approach to animal welfare. Thank you to Roisin, for volunteering her time to help expose and end cruelty to animals in the name of 'sport'. Feeling inspired? Click here for opportunities to support the League.