You might have heard of the Justice League or the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but how about the League Against Cruel Sports? It sounds like another superhero group, and in a way it is: the UK-based League sticks up for animals like foxes, deer and hares and opposes hunting.
Most recently, the League has been joined by ex-The Smiths members Morrissey and Johnny Marr. The two had a notorious split in 1987 when the band broke up, but are now reunited for this cause. Marr, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for his work on “Inception,” calls any sport that injures animals “not only cruel but unnecessary and outdated.” Morrissey (a staunch vegetarian) stated on the League’s website that “the extent of any person’s humanity is in their relationship to— and protection of— animals.”
Morrissey and Marr aren’t the only UK celebs backing this cause, though. Whenever animal rights are being threatened, you know that Ricky Gervais will be on the scene. Gervais has been heavily involved with a number of animal charities and organizations in the past, having fought for fish, spoken out about the baby monkey trade, and encouraged the end of bullfighting. He even plans to leave his fortune to animal charities when he dies. Come to think of it, he might actually be a superhero.
On the website, Gervais is quoted as saying, “Animals are not around just for people to abuse and kill in the name of so-called entertainment and sport. It’s beyond belief that it actually happens and that certain deluded people get enjoyment from it.”
The League Against Cruel Sports not only opposes hunting, but any sport that involves injury or harm to animals. The group also aims to end bullfighting, dog fighting, greyhound racing, and other cruel “sports.”