League Against Cruel Sports statement on Chesterfield FC and Barlow Hunt Ball cancellation

National animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed the decision by Chesterfield FC to cancel the planned Barlow Hunt Ball later this month.

John Petrie, senior campaigns manager, said: “We want to thank Chesterfield FC for listening to hundreds of their supporters who were understandably outraged and cancelling this celebration of animal cruelty.

“Fox hunting is a cruel blood sport which no ethical business should be associated with, and we now invite Chesterfield FC to take the next step and join the League’s Business Without Blood Sports pledge.

“It’s time for change. It’s time for hunting laws to be strengthened in the UK so that fox hunting is consigned to the history books.”


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The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain's leading 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. Find out more about our work at www.league.org.uk. Registered charity in England and Wales (no.1095234) and Scotland (no.SC045533).

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