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About the League

For as long as hunting wild animals with dogs has existed, people will have been opposed to it. The League Against Cruel Sports was founded in 1924 with the aim of banning fox hunting, stag hunting, otter hunting, hare hunting and hare coursing in the UK.

Today, sadly, we are still campaigning on many of the same issues. The League is known for being instrumental in bringing about the Hunting Act 2004 which banned hunting with hounds in England and Wales, yet we are still fighting to protect foxes, hare and deer from illegal hunting which takes place far too frequently across the UK.

Find further information about the League's history here.

The map of cruel sports

This ground-breaking interactive map shows the territory of the 299 hunts still operating in the British countryside and the species they target foxes, hares or deer. We will be adding more information on shooting and other sportsthat shows the prevalence of animal cruelty in the future.


A lot of animal abuse and cruelty takes place out of sight, whether it be an illegal fox hunt on a windy moor, or a dog fight in an abandoned warehouse. Often the only way to expose these activities is to go undercover and up close – a dangerous business.

Our trained team of investigators, which includes ex-police officers, use a range of techniques including filming hunts from a distance to record any illegal activity. Footage taken of hunts in Scotland recently led to a review of the hunting laws there, and proved vital in stopping an attempted repeal of the Hunting Act in England and Wales.

Our unique Animal Crimewatch hotline allows anyone witnessing illegal activity in connection with cruel sports to report it to us confidentially.


The League directly protects animals on our sanctuaries and other land – covering around 3000 acres - where we have the ‘sporting rights’, meaning that no-one is allowed to hunt or shoot animals.

Baronsdown in particular is host to a huge range of birds, animals and insects, including red deer, foxes, badgers, an important population of butterflies and rare birds such as the pied flycatcher. As a result, Baronsdown is a safe place for animals persecuted in the name of sort’ and stags and foxes have been seen fleeing hunts onto the sanctuary land.

Further journalist and media resources

  • Branding - including League logos
  • Infographics - created by the League, these graphics include statistics

Contact our media team

Telephone: 01483 524 250 (24 hours)

Email: [email protected]



Senior Media Relations Officer

Telephone: 01483 524 262

Mobile: 07496 496454

Email: [email protected]


Deputy Director of Policy, Campaigns and Communications

Telephone: 01483 524 280

Mobile: 07494 399074

Email: [email protected]

Notes to Editors

For more information or interview requests please contact the League Against Cruel Sports Press Office on 01483 524250 (24hrs) or email [email protected]