31 Oct '12, 2am

Animal Advocates Call for Fox Penning Ban in Virginia

Animal Advocates Call for Fox Penning Ban in Virginia

This week wildlife officials in Virginia agreed to examine the practice of fox penning in the state after supporters and opponents spoke out about the issue at a meeting in Richmond. Opponents call the so-called sport of fox penning nothing more than blatant animal cruelty that should be banned entirely. The practice involves trapping foxes, and coyotes, in the wild, transporting them whether or not they’re injured and putting them in fenced enclosures where they’re forced to run for their lives and are often caught and brutally torn apart by hunting dogs who are chasing them for practice and competitions. Supporters argue that it’s a good way to train dogs without trespassing, that foxes aren’t intentionally killed and that it’s a southern tradition. The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries could have enacted a ban, but instead passed the issue off to the Virginia Departmen...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-advocates-call-for-fox...

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