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February 7, 2014

Legislation to Crack Down on Fox Pens Passes Senate Committee

S.B. 42 would create a moratorium on new fox pen facilities

The Virginia Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources committee passed a bill to restrict fox pens – fenced enclosures where packs of dogs are released to chase down wild-caught foxes, often killing them – by prohibiting new facilities from opening. Senate Bill 42 passed with a bipartisan vote of 8-7. The Humane Society of the United States Virginia State Director Laura Donahue issued the following statement in response:

“Thursday’s committee vote reflected the views of the overwhelming 75 percent of the Commonwealth that opposes fox penning. The foxes inside these pens face endless torment and cruelty, and this legislation is an important step toward ending this barbaric practice once and for all. We’re grateful to the Senators who voted to pass this much-needed legislation and to the broad coalition of hunters, wildlife officials and animal welfare advocates for their testimony and support. The Humane Society of the United States urges swift passage of S.B. 42 by the full Senate.”

The bill originally included a complete prohibition on all fox penning facilities, but did not grandfather-in existing pens.

More information is available at humanesociety.org/virginia.

 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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