Fox Hunters Found Guilty after Being Filmed by Birdwatchers : League Against Cruel Sports

Notes to Editors

  • Please contact the League’s Press Office on 01483 524250 (24hrs) or email for any image, comment or interview requests
  • 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. 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 sanctuaries to protect wildlife. Find out more about our work at Registered charity in England and Wales (no.1095234) and Scotland (no.SC045533).
  • Trail Hunting vs Drag Hunting
    Trail hunting is not the same as drag hunting, a legitimate sport created in the 1800s which is not intended to mimic animal hunting, but instead is a sport using hounds to search for a non-animal scent without the pursuit or killing of wild animals. In drag hunting, or in bloodhounds hunting (or hunting the ‘clean boot’ as it is also known) where the scent of a human runner is followed instead of a drag, the trail never contains animal scent, is never laid in areas likely to have foxes, and those controlling the hounds always know where the trail was laid.

    This is why in drag hunting, ‘accidents’ when live animals are chased are very rare, while in trail hunting they are very common.

    The League believes there is no such a thing as the ‘sport of trail hunting’ and it is simply a temporary, false alibi to cover for illegal hunting while the hunting fraternity hopes for the hunting ban to be repealed or weakened.

    For more information download our detailed report on trail hunting, drag hunting and the ‘clean boot’.


Please sign and share this petition if you are against this
he pain and suffering inflicted on the horses is immense. The fact that this is a “public event” witnessed by all, including children is very harmful to all. This EVENT TEACHES THAT VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY IS FUN. They call it a feast. In the state of Yucatan, Mexico there is a “rodeo” type event called “Torneo de Lazo” where bulls ram horses and eviscerate them. THIS CAUSES A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF PAIN TO THE HORSES. These horses usually collapse and while still alive continue to get trampled by bulls and other horses during the length of this violent and cruel event where horsemen try to lasso the running, charging bulls (the bulls are specifically bred and trained to ram horses).
Although it is against the law, this is only in name. Mexico’s federal government as well as the local authorities do nothing to stop this. This event takes place state wide all year round.
Please demand the Mexican government to put and end to this barbaric event.

Horses from Romania on their Way ….

People are so busy to search for HORSE-MEAT in their “daily meat” -Who asks for horses not for their meat?

My family went for a long time to the horse-market near Polish-German boarder – we bought horses and gave them a home with us, with our other horses. I cannot forget the eyes of horses, stayed back, wounded, sick, …
I have to close the computer for today…



Für heute schließe ich den PC; nicht wegen der Attacken auf meinen Rechner, sondern
weil ich diese Fotos nicht mehr verkrafte…wir haben immer wieder Pferde von dem
polnischen Pferdemarkt an der Grenze  zu Deutschland geholt, die Bilder dieser
Tiere sind so lebendig in mir, treiben mir die Tränen in die Augen


Romanian horses being transported, Compassion Investigation, 2009.