February 4, 2014
Act Now! Tell Committee Members to Curtail this Blood Sport
Fox penning is a blood sport in which wild animals
are ripped to pieces inside an enclosure – and, unfortunately, it’s also legal
in Virginia. However, Delegate David Albo (R-Fairfax) has introduced a bill to
limit the worst offenders. H.B. 1188
will have a hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5. The outcome is uncertain, so committee members need to hear
from you now!
Fox penning organizers force dozens of dogs to compete
in a fenced-in area to chase—and sometimes rip apart—foxes and coyotes. The foxes and coyotes are caught in leghold traps in the wild,
suffering broken bones or other wounds, and transported in cages to the pen
when the event is held. The caged animals may be trucked hundreds of miles with
no food or water, and some animals die on the trip. Once in the pen, the fox or
coyote must run for his life inside fences, where there is no chance of escape.
With dogs tearing apart the captive animals, there is a constant demand for
fresh wildlife for the fox pens.
H.B. 1188 prohibits the exchange of money and
trophies at any event at which a dog and either a coyote or a fox are
placed into an enclosed area. The penalty for a violation of the provisions of
this bill is a class 6 felony. While this won’t outlaw the brutal “sport”
entirely, it will disincentivize operators who make money off of the carnage.
There’s no time to waste. Please write to the
Criminal Law Subcommittee members now
to ensure that H.B. 1188 passes tomorrow's hearing.
P.S. Please consider donating to our Trapping Victims Fund to help other victims of cruel traps.
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