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Please cease barbaric fox penning in Virginia

November 21, 2012

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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, and you can declare a champion.”

Please read more HERE.


Please click HERE for online webform

Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Street address:
Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Phone: 804 786-2211
Fax: (804) 371-6351

Click HERE for free faxing from your computer.  No fax machine, credit card, or registering required. Please be certain to confirm you message by clicking on the link sent to your email address or else your fax will not be sent


Dear Governor McDonnell,

Fox Penning is a cruel blood-sport that is allowed in Virginia, along with 19 other states. Virginia is one of the states with the best animal welfare legislation, yet foxes in Virginia suffer everyday, especially during hunting season from repeated acts of cruelty.

Foxes are captured and traded across state lines to be thrown in a 100-acre pen with no way to escape while they are chased, hunted down, and ripped apart by hounds.

I ask Virginia to ban this cruel blood-sport.  Regrettably, until this senseless barbarism ceases, I would be unable to consider Virginia a recreation or vacation destination.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this vital appeal.



help i am surrounded
what can i do?
i never did anything
to you!
please go away
leave me be.
when will manunkind
ever find it’s

all foxes!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    November 21, 2012 1:11 pm

    help i am surrounded
    what can i do?
    i never did anything
    to you!
    please go away
    leave me be.
    when will manunkind
    ever find it’s

    all foxes!


    • November 21, 2012 4:41 pm

      Love that one Karen i dont know how you do it but im jealous lol have a fantastic Thanksgiving!


  2. November 21, 2012 4:42 pm

    Thanks yet again Staceysent both the fax and i sent an email at the govs page with the link you provided that way hes sure to get one of them lol have a great thanksgiving Stacey you deserve it!


    • November 21, 2012 6:38 pm

      Thank you so much, hon, you are so appreciated and cared for!


  3. November 26, 2012 9:37 am

    I am a lifelong resident of Virginia. I have sent emails and faxes to the Governor and many Senators and representatives about this cruel practice. I am appalled that it still continues. There is no sport. The poor fox has no chance of survival. It is a sick display of fox killing.
    Jackie Davis


    • November 26, 2012 1:33 pm

      Thank you so much for all your efforts and your comments, Jackie.


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