The League Against Cruel Sports has registered as a charity in Scotland and has appointed a Scottish director for the first time.
The league was created in 1924 by members of the animal charity the RSPCA and registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales in 2003. It registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator on 2 April this year.
Robbie Marsland, formerly the UK director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, has joined the charity in the newly created role of Scottish director.
The charity already works in Scotland and has had a dedicated senior public affairs officer there, but it is now trying to expand its activities there.
Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the league, said: "We are planning to increase the number of staff directly based in Scotland, and until then we’ll be ensuring that our team there is fully supported by those of us in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This might include our undercover investigations team and campaign staff, when appropriate."
He said that hunting with dogs would be a priority and it wanted the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act to be made stronger. He said that the league would be working with the Scottish parliament and the public to end other forms of animal abuse, including persecution of birds of prey.