Hunting mammals like foxes, hares and deer is illegal in the UK. Many people however remain confused when they hear terms like ‘trail hunting’, ‘drag hunting’ and ‘exempt hunting’. This page explains what these terms mean.
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
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
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.
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
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
The Hunting Act 2004 is the law which bans chasing wild mammals with dogs in England and Wales – this basically means that fox hunting, deer hunting, hare hunting, hare coursing and mink hunting are all illegal, as they all are cruel sports based on dogs chasing wild mammals.Read more
A snare is a thin wire noose set to trap animals which some people view as being a pest or threat, usually foxes and rabbits, but also other animals, including pets. In their desperate struggle to escape, animals may be strangled or suffer horrible and life-threatening injuries, or a lingering death.
Deer hunting is less well known than fox hunting, but while currently only three registered hunts chase red deer with hounds in England, this practice inflicts some of the greatest cruelty wild animals suffer at the hands of people.Read more
Trophy hunting is the stalking and killing of wild animals with guns or bows and arrows with the purpose of obtaining part of the animal as a trophy. This multi-million pound international industry is utterly unjustifiable and it is pushing some of the world's most threatened species toward extinction.
Thousand of badgers have being killed by the UK government in the ‘badger cull’ since 2013. Help us stop the unjustified and inhumane slaughter of a protected species.Read more
The hidden side of greyhound racing includes dogs kept for long periods in lonely kennels, painful injuries from racing and training, illness and neglect. Shockingly, thousands of surplus dogs die or disappear every year. The League believes dogs should not suffer or die for entertainment or for the profit of the dog racing industry.Read more
Bullfighting is perhaps the most well known spectator “sport” involving the killing of animals for entertainment. It has already been banned in most countries, but each year tens of thousands of bulls are maimed, tortured and killed for entertainment in Spain, Portugal, France, Colombia, Mexico, USA, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.Read more
Mink are medium-sized river-dwelling animals, similar to otters and ferrets. Mink hunting is banned in England and Wales by the Hunting Act 2004, but we believe it still continues.Read more
Race horses are being fatally injured on a regular basis at race-courses all over the UK. The high numbers of injuries and fatalities of horses involved in horse racing has led many to call for the most gruelling races to be banned.Read more
Much of the debate over hunting with dogs focuses on foxes, yet hares and deer are also traditionally hunted in a similar way. In fact, before the Hunting Act was passed, one third of hunts in Britain targeted brown hares with packs of beagles, basset hounds and harriers.Read more