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Fox empathy

SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2013
Dear Viewpoint,

Recently in the Virginia legislature, fox-penners with the support of Senator Ruff won a victory. The bill to limit this practice was defeated. Fox pens are large tracks of land provided for those who enjoy watching dogs chase after foxes. Those who conduct field trials for this “bloodless sport” claim that the pens are designed so that the fox can escape. The pens have PVC pipes leading under ground of small enough diameter so that the hounds are not able to pursue the fox once they enter the pipe, so a good time is had by all with no harm done to the foxes. For some reason the pens must be restocked yearly with about 1200+ wild foxes. If captive foxes have a longevity of about 12 years, why must the pens be restocked with so many so often? Did I miss something? Is this “sport” the equivalent to “shooting fish in a barrel?”

Bernard Champa


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