League leadership change

The board of trustees has announced that Andy Knott, the League Against Cruel Sports’ chief executive officer, has stepped down from his role after six years leading the charity.

Chris Luffingham, former deputy chief executive and director of advocacy, has taken over on an interim basis.

As a lobbying charity, the League is gearing itself up to campaign on behalf of animals at the forthcoming general election; specifically to gain commitments from parties to strengthen the Hunting Act and properly end this cruel sport. With Chris’s background as national campaigns director for the Green Party at its most successful ever general election in 2015, it will be Chris’s responsibility to steer the charity until after the UK goes to the polls later this year.

The campaign will build on the charity’s recent successes in campaigning for stronger or new laws and major policy changes to protect animals:

  • Properly ending hunting in Scotland
  • Being instrumental in the government introducing the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2020 to punish the worst animal cruelty offences
  • Ending snaring in Wales
  • Ending snaring in Scotland
  • Securing 2.3 million acres of land where trail hunting is no longer allowed, including across National Trust land
  • Seeing the Conservative government row back from its position on repealing the hunting act

The charity has also launched lobbying groups such as the Time for Change Coalition Against Hunting, and the Business Without Blood Sports corporate pledge.

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