Animal rights charity promises to fight in Scotland

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The League Against Cruel Sports has appointed its first ever Scottish director and is registering with OSCR

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14th April 2015 by Paul Cardwell 0 Comments

An animal rights charity has announced it is to step up its campaign and investigative work in Scotland.

The League Against Cruel Sports told TFN it is currently going through the process of applying for charitable status north of the border with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) as it has recognised that there is a “need for a strong presence”.

The League, founded in 1924 by members of the RSPCA who were frustrated at its lack of action on hunting, already works in Scotland but has never registered as a charity – instead just being registered in England.

To further its work it has appointed its first ever Scottish director – Robbie Marsland, formerly UK director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Jennifer Dunn, who is continuing as senior public affairs officer for Scotland, said the League is planning on further increasing the number of staff based in Scotland, but will continue to be supported by those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – including members of its undercover investigations team and campaign staff, when appropriate.

“Hunting with dogs will be a priority for us in Scotland, as it is in the rest of the UK, and we want to see the Protection of Wild Mammals Act made stronger,” Dunn said.

“Other animal abuse, either in the name of sport or directly related to it, such as the persecution of birds of prey, also continues.

“We will be working with the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people to fight – and stop – this cruelty.

“Other current issues are airgun licensing – we are campaigning for the Scottish Parliament to implement a rigorous licensing regime – and the animal welfare aspects of land reform, which include proposals to remove tax breaks for shooting estates,” she added.