February 20, 2014
A subcommittee of the Virginia House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources voted down legislation to restrict inhumane fox pens. The Humane Society of the United States Virginia State Director Laura Donahue issued a statement in response.
January 15, 2014
Virginia voters overwhelmingly oppose the practice of “fox penning” by a more than 9-to-1 margin – and a large majority support legislation to prohibit the practice. A new poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research surveyed 625 statewide voters on various animal welfare issues. Fox pens are fenced enclosures where dogs are released to chase wild-caught, stocked foxes, often killing them. More than 7,000 foxes were subjected to these unsporting and inhumane events in Virginia in the last six years.
June 13, 2013
Despite the objections of more than 2,000 Virginians, the Virginia Game Board passed new fox pen regulations that do little to stop dogs from killing foxes within these pens.
May 28, 2013
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries received more than 2,000 comments from The Humane Society of the United States Virginia members and supporters calling for an end to fox penning. The Board of the DGIF will meet on June 13 to consider public comment and vote on proposed fox pen regulations.
March 21, 2013
Recommendations proposed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and its Board of Directors significantly narrow the options to regulate Virginia’s inhumane fox pens and were met with disappointment by The Humane Society of the United States.
February 12, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statements on Virginia House of Delegates committee vote on Senate Bill 1280, authored by Sen. David Marsden, D-Burke, to crack down on inhumane fox pens.
February 5, 2013
The HSUS applauds the Virginia Senate for advancing Senate Bill 1280, authored by Sen. David Marsden, D-Burke, to crack down on inhumane fox pens.
January 31, 2013
The HSUS applauds the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee for advancing Senate Bill 1280, authored by Sen. David Marsden, D-Burke, to crack down on inhumane fox pens.
January 23, 2013
Citizens concerned about animal welfare from across Virginia converged on the state capitol for the second annual Humane Lobby Day in Richmond on Wednesday to lobby for better laws to protect animals.
January 16, 2013
Animal Protection Groups Applaud Introduction of Legislation to Stop New Fox Pen Enclosures in Virginia
The Humane Society of the United States and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® applaud Sen. David Marsden, D-Burke, for introducing legislation to end staged competitions within fox pens and place a moratorium on new enclosures.