TN108 Joe Duckworth League against Cruel Sports


In time for Boxing Day (and its notorious association with fox hunting) a conversation with Joe Duckworth who became chief executive of the League against Cruel Sports – or The League as its often referred to – in July 2011 after leaving his role as chief executive of London’s Newham Council. In this podcast Joe talks with great passion about animal welfare, political relationships, defending the Hunting Act, and the prosecution the day before we talked of members of the Heythrop Hunt by the RSPCA – the first successful corporate prosecution under the 2005 Hunting Act which banned hunting with dogs.

Disclaimer: This podcast has been produced by Talking Naturally to support conservation and animal welfare. No fees were charged or accepted by myself or Talking Naturally for making this podcast.


League against Cruel Sports

Cruelty to animals at any time is upsetting and wrong. The League was started by a group of people who felt strongly that cruelty inflicted in the name of sport was particularly barbaric and upsetting.

If you feel that animals should not be used as targets or objects to be chased for someone’s entertainment then you are a supporter already.

The League has developed effective ways to thwart such sports, gaining public support and causing difficulty for the people inflicting cruelty.

Ultimately the League does not bandage animal’s paws. Instead we deal with the perpetrators of the cruelty by seeking effective ways to stop them for good.


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Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores

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