Hundreds of foxes march through London to demand politicians defend wildlife

Hundreds of foxes march through London to demand politicians defend wildlife

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Press release, for immediate release

Hundreds of foxes have marched through Westminster today [Saturday 22 June] calling on the next government to clamp down on illegal hunting.

Animal Charity

Hundreds of foxes join huge march to demand stronger hunting laws

National animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports organised the fox demonstration to highlight the prolific levels of illegal hunting that still go on today, nearly 20 years before it was supposed to have been stopped.

It was all part of the Restore Nature Now march and rally, which saw thousands of people representing dozens of organisations calling on politicians to prioritise domestic and global climate and nature protections.

Chris Luffingham, the League’s acting chief executive, was among those marching for the foxes through London.

He said: “For years politicians have been getting away with sidelining their pledges on nature and climate, playing politics with issues that have a very real impact on our environment and our wild animals.

“Hunting was one of those. When the Act was brought in hunting was supposed to be made illegal, but loopholes in the law has allowed foxes and other animals to continue to be killed purely for entertainment.

“The next government needs to step up where previous administrations have failed: strengthen the hunting act as a matter of priority and renew pledges to safeguard other wild animals.

“Our nature and environment urgently needs protecting, and British wildlife is part of that. It’s time for change.”

Animal Charity


Notes to editors

The League’s latest statistics on illegal hunting are available via this link.

Independent polling showing public support for a proper ban on hunting, and how it may influence voting intention, is available here.

For media enquiries or interview requests please contact the League Against Cruel Sports Press Office on 01483 524250 or email

The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain's leading animal charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport. The League was instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act 2004 and the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021.

We carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties. We work to change attitudes and behaviour through education and manage wildlife reserves to protect wildlife. Find out more about our work at Registered charity in England and Wales (no.1095234) and Scotland (no.SC045533).

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