Ban Fox Pens in Virginia

In Virginia, foxes  are being trapped in the wild and then sold for use as live bait in pens for dog competitions. The Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries Department (804) 367-1000)currently issues permits to allow this statewide. Email the Governor address below to urge them to ban fox pens. (Please call and email only if you're a Virginia resident.) .Although these fox pens may be several hundred acres in size, they are densely stocked with foxes, ensuring that the dogs will easily be able to find their prey.
During each competition, hundreds of dogs may be set upon foxes who have nowhere to run or hide. The result is that many of these helpless animals are run down and killed by the dogs.
The dogs kill so many foxes that the pen owners constantly need to buy more animals from wildlife traffickers, who practice a brutal trade. Wildlife traffickers first trap the animals and then truck them for miles, sometimes illegally across state lines, before depositing the terrified animals in unfamiliar enclosures.
These facilities have consistently violated regulations and have demonstrated that no level of regulation and enforcement is a deterrent for illegal activity. (Thank you HSUS for this information.)
Governor Robert F. McDonnell - Commonwealth of Virginia
www.governor.virginia.gov


In Florida, foxes and coyotes are being trapped in the wild and then sold for use as live bait in pens for dog competitions. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider at an upcoming meeting whether to prohibit fox and coyote pens, so please take action and call to the FWC at (850) 488-4676 and urge them to ban fox and coyote pens. (Please call only if you're a Florida resident.) .Although these fox and coyote pens may be several hundred acres in size, they are densely stocked with foxes and coyotes, ensuring that the dogs will easily be able to find their prey.
During each competition, hundreds of dogs may be set upon foxes and/or coyotes who have nowhere to run or hide. The result is that many of these helpless animals are run down and killed by the dogs.
The dogs kill so many foxes and coyotes that the pen owners constantly need to buy more animals from wildlife traffickers, who practice a brutal trade. Wildlife traffickers first trap the animals and t... more

Dear Honorable Governor Bob McDonnell,
  Ban all existing fox pens and abolish the permits being sold at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Fox pens are stocked with wild trapped foxes from their natural enviroment and placed in fenced in enclosures for a sport known as foxpenning. The foxes never get out alive. Hounds are released into these enclosure where they hunt down and kill the foxes. The fox pens are repeatedly restocked with foxes to provide more kills within the enclosures. Over 5000 foxes were stocked in pens this last year.This is a blood sport with no winners. The foxes loose their natural life, the dogs are bred to overpopulation and are subject to horrific short lives when they are no longer trophy winners.
Please Abolish Fox Pens Now! 
Thank you .  

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