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Virginia state game regulators recommended new regulations for the operation of foxhound training preserves. The proposed new regulations satisfied pen owners and disappointed animal rights activists. After a period of public comment, a final vote will be held by the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries in June.

The recommendations apply to nearly forty preserves in Virginia, and if passed would require improvements such as rounded fence corners, improved escape routes and structures, and acclimation periods for new foxes. The moratorium sought by animal rights groups was considered but not included in the recommendations. However the board did call for the elimination of cash prizes in foxhound competitions.

Davy Hackett, president of the Virginia Foxhound Training Preserve Owners Association, said the recommendations were a “common sense effort” to improve the operation of preserves, according to an Associated Press story by Steve Szkotak.

Posted March 22, 2013

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