New era for League Against Cruel Sports as CEO Eduardo Gonçalves takes the helm
Eduardo joins the League from NGO The Climate Group, where he was International Communications Director, working with corporations and governments around the world to reduce greenhouse gases. He is also founder and president of SOS Lynx, a charity focussed on saving the endangered Iberian lynx.
Eduardo has over 20 years’ experience in communications for a number of government agencies and NGOs around the world. Prior to The Climate Group he was a Director at Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency, where he spearheaded the UAE’s global bid in the New 7 Wonders of Nature contest, voted best international campaign by judges.
Before that he headed up international communications for WWF International’s One Planet Living initiative, managing multi-million dollar corporate sustainability partnerships including Europe’s largest privately-funded nature restoration program, and developed a number of ground-breaking online campaign tools for WWF.
Regarding his move to the League, Eduardo said: “I'm delighted to be joining the League Against Cruel Sports. I will be building on its excellent track record of engaging society and people across the political spectrum on ending cruel sports involving animals.
“Eleven years ago, the was passed into law, which the League helped make possible. I am absolutely determined to defend it from misguided attempts to weaken and overturn it, as a return to with dogs would be a return to the dark ages for Britain. With the vast majority of people in urban and rural communities alike so strongly opposed to its return, I fully intend to fight on their behalf to keep this horrendous 'sport' firmly in our past.
“Sadly, hunting is not the only ‘sport’ involving cruelty to animals, and I am determined that the League continues to lead the fight against all cruel sports. Is this a country where we should take pleasure in killing animals for fun? That’s a debate I’m looking forward to getting involved in.”
Eduardo added that the potential to work with the League’s supporters and other animal welfare organisations was an exciting prospect.
“Supporters of the League Against Cruel Sports are passionate, knowledgeable people who are prepared to stand up and be counted by working with us to campaign for change. A lot of great work is also being done by other animal welfare organisations so if we can help harness all that energy and experience then together we can continue to be a real force for positive change and make a big difference for animals in 2016 and beyond.”
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League Against Cruel Sports is a registered charity in England and Wales (1095234) and Scotland (SC045533) that brings together people who care about animals. Like the majority of the public, we believe that cruelty to animals in the name of sport has no place in modern society.