The Countryside Alliance has warned the country sports community of the threat of online abuse, which it says has “risen over the past two years”.
In a survey conducted by the group 62% of respondents said they had been subjected to online abuse, bullying or harassment for participating in or supporting country sports.
Online abuse has become more “aggressive and antagonistic” according to Countryside Alliance, who said that the problem was growing year on year.
It said in a statement: “When we first raised the issue last year we asked social media platforms to take action and to understand the serious nature of animal rights extremists online, we were met with platitudes that they take all forms of bullying seriously, yet our survey results tell a different story.
“The Government and social media platforms need to act now to reassure country sports supporters that content on platforms is policed properly and all forms of abuse are taken seriously no matter which community is targeted.
“We will once again write to Facebook and Twitter asking for a meeting and demand that they take this kind of abuse seriously.”
The alliance says victims of the abuse should contact the police if the abuse contains any threats of violence of harassment.