Fox Hound Training Preserves

FoxThe public comment period is now underway on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ proposed new regulations for Fox Hound training preserves.  Robbie Harris has more on the story.

  1. #1 by Janet Presswood on April 3, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    I awoke this morning to an NPR report on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ call for public comment regarding the practice of capturing wild foxes from their natural habitat and placing them in enclosures called ‘fox preserves’. It sounded like Robbie Harris was reading directly from the industry press release: claiming that this cousin to dog fighting is merely a safe way to train fox hunting dogs, when the VA Master of the Hunt has condemned the practice as unsportsmanlike and having no bearing on traditional fox hunting; referring to the enclosures as ‘preserves’ when the 37 fox pens operating in Virginia went through some 6,000 foxes (VDGIF data) over the last five years and are anything but ‘preserves’ for these animals. The reason so many foxes are needed for this industry is because it is nothing more than a dogs-on-fox, killing-for-entertainment blood sport and merely limiting the number of dogs per fox will not change this fact. If the practice can’t be banned altogether, then the gambling and large cash prizes that fuel this animal fighting industry should be outlawed. I would greatly appreciate your reporting on this issue in a more balanced manner in the future.

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