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Last Day to Pen Your Concerns about "Fox Penning" Rules

PHOTO: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is proposing new regulations to control the practice of penning foxes. Photo credit: Animal Welfare Institute
PHOTO: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is proposing new regulations to control the practice of penning foxes. Photo credit: Animal Welfare Institute
May 31, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. – It's Virginia's latest take on the fox and the hound.

The state is proposing new rules to regulate the practice of penning – confining foxes and allowing them to be chased by packs of dogs.

That type of hound training has a long history in the state, but animal welfare groups say it's vicious and should be banned.

"It's cruel and inhumane,” says Tara Zuardo, wildlife legal associate with the Animal Welfare Institute. “It violates the concept of fair chase. It parallels dog fighting.

“Foxes and coyotes are constantly dying in there – transmission of lots of diseases."

The proposed regulations limit the number of dogs in the chase and require escape options for foxes. But Zuardo says loopholes in the rules would allow preserve operators to evade compliance.

Today is the last day of public comment on the rules.

Zuardo says the practice is not only inhumane, but potentially dangerous for everyone.

"Because what's happening is the coyotes and foxes are being brought from out of state, basically and sold into these penning facilities,” she maintains. “So, you're bringing in a lot of exotic diseases. In fact, that's one of the main reasons Florida shut it down."

The Virginia Foxhound Training Preserve Owners Association says on its website that there are more than 37 active preserves for training hounds in 22 counties in the state.

The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries will vote on the proposed rules on June 13.


Alison Burns, Public News Service - VA