End Cruel and Unsporting Fox Pens in Virginia

End Cruel and Unsporting Fox Pens in Virginia

    1. Petition by

      Valerie Ackerman

      Spotsylvania, VA

Virginia has had an incredible track record of protecting animals, both wild and companion. We have criminalized dog fighting and banned new captive hunting ranches from the Commonwealth. It is long-overdue that we address the cruel and unsporting practice of fox penning and put an end to this irresponsible treatment of wildlife.

I was born and raised on a farm here in Virginia. I have been a licensed rehabilitator with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) for over 15 years. During this time I have seen a great deal of suffering, but none as widespread and preventable as fox penning.  This activity also presents a major threat to the health of our wildlife populations by creating ideal conditions for unnatural disease outbreaks.

For those unfamiliar with this practice, it involves live-trapping foxes from the wild, trucking them miles away from their familiar habitat, and releasing them into fenced enclosures to be chased down by packs of dogs. In many cases, animals are torn apart alive ( http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/fox_penning/ )

Fox penning serves absolutely zero purpose in preserving the health of the Commonwealth’s wildlife; in fact it threatens it. Records from the DGIF show that other species fall victim behind these fences too. In 2008, after a competition in which 800 dogs were released in a pen, a bear was discovered killed with hundreds of puncture wounds inflicted by dogs. These pens have also proven to breed serious strains of rabies and other communicable diseases.

Since SB202 was introduced in the Virginia General Assembly in the 2012 session, the bill has reached the Senate committee for a hearing (2/9/2012).  Because of the outpouring of support from VA residents to end this cruel and unsporting practice, the committee voted to reinvest time and resources into investigating the currently operating 41 fox pens. After this year-long investigation ends in 2013, the legislature will revisit this black eye on the Commonwealth.

The next 12 months are a crucial time to keep the pressure on our elected officials and those we entrust with appropriately managing the wildlife of Virginia. Make a call to Gov. McDonnell today (804-786-2211) and ask him to take a stand against this abomination and return scientifically-sound management practices to the Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries. Your House and Senate representatives need to hear from you too!  Find them here: http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/main?openform 

Not from Virginia? Share this message with friends and family living in Virginia and help spread the word.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. SB202 continues on to pressure the abolishment of fox pens in Virginia!

      Valerie  Ackerman
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! During the Senate Committee hearing (2/9/2012) a broad coalition of animal protection organizations, local shelters, veterinarians, and Virginia citizens detailed the myriad of cruelties and issues inherent in fox penning. Legislators were concerned enough by the data presented, that they have chosen to further study the issue. This decision is a clear indication that fox penning is a serious issue in the Commonwealth and will continue to be so if not addressed.

      Thanks to the support from Virginia residents and fellow concerned citizens from around the world, the pressure to address the cruelty continues to grow. Share this information far and wide, and one day this black eye on the Commonwealth will be history.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. SB202 to ban Fox Penning will be heard on Thursday 2/9

      Valerie  Ackerman
      Petition Organizer

      This Thursday a Senate committee will consider SB202 - a bill that will end fox penning in Virginia. All wildlife advocates in Virginia should meet in the General Assembly Building, Senate Room B around 12:30pm to show support for this humane legislation. Pins and stickers will be provided!

      In the meantime, contact your elected officals and Gov. McDonnell (804-786-2211) and ask them to support SB202. Find your legislators here: http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/main?openform

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Mandy Hanton MALAGA, SPAIN
      • 3 months ago

      Virginia has come far in it's protection for animals please continue by banning this immediately.

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    • Gillian Leitch TORONTO, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      As Humans, we need to act Humanely.

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    • Donna Reynolds CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON, NY
      • 3 months ago

      Hideous cruelty in the name of fun for some humans is reprehensible and breeds violence in Virginia.

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    • Jinny Ritter DELRAY BEACH, FL
      • 3 months ago

      Moving to Virginia soon, Please stop this cruelty before we get there!!

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    • Keven Schidlowsky YELLOWKNIFE, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      Sick!

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