General Assembly takes action on animal welfare after disturbing reports from Virginia dog farm

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The Virginia General Assembly has passed a number of bills aimed at protecting the welfare of animals raised in research animal breeding facilities, after appalling conditions at a Cumberland beagle breeder were exhibited last year.

An undercover video taken by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and a federal report detailing unexplained deaths at the facility have sparked calls for reform and oversight of the Envigo breeding facility in the county. of Cumberland.

Now a number of bills are headed to the governor’s office that seek to address the issue, providing increased surveillance and consequences for animal welfare violations.

In a joint statement, Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Galax) and Sen. David Marsden (D-Burke) wrote, “As primary patrons of the seven Protection of Adopted Research Animals in the Senate Yesterday and today, we are proud to lead the bipartisan effort to hold Envigo accountable for the troubling conditions and mistreatment of beagles at its Cumberland breeding facility.

In addition to the seven bills originating from the Senate, Del. Robert Bell (R-Greene) patronize a measure prohibit people who have committed certain animal welfare offenses from buying or selling cats or dogs. The bill passed overwhelmingly, on a vote of 99-1.

“Virginia is responsible for ignoring this mess for a long time, and we are not going to leave this stain on the Commonwealth,” the senators wrote.

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