Please cease barbaric fox penning in Virginia

Published November 22, 2012 by delia1979

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BACKGROUND | SOURCE NBC 29

Some call it a sport and others call it animal cruelty, now some state lawmakers want Virginia to ban a practice called fox penning.

It’s supposed to be a training mechanism for hunting dogs but Virginia’s chapter of the Humane Society of the United States says it has gotten out of hand, and needs to stop.  Now, fox penning has caught lawmakers’ attention.

Video provided by the Humane Society, shows a pack of dogs attacking and killing a wild fox.  It’s called fox penning, where foxes are trapped so bloodhounds can learn how to hunt them.

37th District State Senator Dave Marsden (D) stated, “We need these pens banned.”

Marsden says it started out as a training tool that got way out of hand.  “It’s not just about training hounds anymore,” he said.  “This is what the hounds do.  They have competitions to determine…

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