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February 20, 2014

Fox Pens to Remain as Virginia House Committee Votes Down Sensible Legislation

SB 42 would have created a prohibition on new fox pen facilities

A subcommittee of the Virginia House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources voted down legislation to restrict inhumane fox pens. SB 42 would have prohibited new pens from opening – in these pens, packs of dogs are released to chase down wild-caught foxes, often killing them. The Humane Society of the United States Virginia State Director Laura Donahue issued the following statement in response:

“For the last two years, similar legislation to crack down on fox pens has passed the Senate with strong bi-partisan support, yet this sub-committee continues to ignore the overwhelming 75 percent of Virginians, including the director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, who oppose this barbaric activity. The opposition to this bloodsport continues to grow as more people learn about fox penning – the Attorney General’s office testified that fox pens could potentially circumvent existing wildlife and animal cruelty laws. The Humane Society of the United States and our supporters will continue to explore all channels to rid Virginia of this bloodsport.”

For more information visit humanesociety.org/virginia.

 
Media Contacts: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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