End Brutal ‘Fox Hunting’ Sport in Virginia

Target: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Goal: End fox penning in Virginia

In Virginia, a disgusting blood sport known as fox penning is legal, and maintaining its popularity. Fox penning leaves foxes at the mercy of vicious hunting dogs who want nothing more than to kill. The sport is similar to illegal dog fighting and is an inhumane attempt at entertainment that should be banned in Virginia.

In fox penning, foxes are trapped in fenced enclosures, and vicious hunting dogs are released upon them. The foxes are chased until they are on the verge of exhaustion, then are cornered in the enclosures and eventually mauled to death or left severely injured. There are several graphic videos of these events circulating through the internet, only encouraging the disgusting behavior to continue.

Regulations that would limit the number of fox penning events that can take place and add on a dog-proof escape route for the foxes have been proposed, and while this is a step in the right direction, it will not solve the ultimate problem. The events will still occur and many foxes will continue to be killed or severely injured. Sign the petition below to ask Virginia to completely ban the blood sport and to save the lives of these innocent animals.


Dear Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries,

Fox penning is a disgusting excuse for a sport and a horrible environment to allow gambling to take place. The helpless foxes are at the mercy of vicious hunting dogs that want nothing more than to kill them.

The hunting dogs chase the foxes around in an enclosed area until the wild animals are on the verge of exhaustion. When the animals finally become weak, the hunting dogs are able to easily maul them to death. If the foxes aren’t killed by the dogs immediately, the severe injuries they sustain eventually get the best of them. The innocent lives of the foxes are taken advantage of just for entertainment purposes.

Dog fighting is considered a crime and there is no reason that fox penning shouldn’t be a crime as well. Just because the foxes are wild animals does not make it okay for them to be brutally attacked and left for dead. We are asking you to completely stop fox penning and to spare the lives of the innocent animals.


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  1. ban all fox penning

  2. Ellen Gaston says:

    Even hard-core hunters I know find this disgusting. Why don’t you just legalize dog-fighting since you have no souls or class anyway? Freaks.

  3. Kevin Hickey says:

    Why is it that all of this shit happens in the South? I’m sure that there are cruel practices that occur in the North, but it seems this is mostly in the South. Bear baiting in South Carolina, cock fighting in various states. Mike Vick’s infamous dog compound in Virginia. Now fox and coyote penning in Virginia. You people pissed off that you no longer have slaves to torture so you gotta take it out on animals?

    • It was the last stronghold of slavery in the U.S. too! Probably no coincidence as the mentality is the same.

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