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ASPCA Applauds Local Lawmakers' Efforts to Protect Animals

State lawmakers, Sen. Chap Petersen and Sen. Dave Marsden introduced measures to protect animals, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently signed into law.

Sen. Dave Marsden and Sen. Chap Petersen introduced bills that became laws that are designed to protect animals.
Sen. Dave Marsden and Sen. Chap Petersen introduced bills that became laws that are designed to protect animals.

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) this week applauded the efforts of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for signing three bills to protect animals and pet owners during the 2014 legislative session. 

The new laws include Senate Bill 228, introduced by Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), which requires pet stores to disclose the origins and health histories of the dogs they sell and expands the ability of customers to seek financial remedies if the dog or cat they purchased becomes ill. 

Also signed into law was Senate Bill 42, introduced by Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), which prevents new fox penning facilities from opening, and establishes a foundation for the phase-out of this cruel blood sport that relocates wild foxes to fenced enclosures where they become targets for packs of dogs.

“State lawmakers have taken critical steps to make Virginia safer for animals, as well as for consumers and citizens, and we thank them for their efforts,” said Ann Church, vice president of state affairs for the ASPCA. 

“We applaud Governor McAuliffe for recognizing that citizens care about animal welfare and for signing these new laws to protect animals throughout the state.  We especially want to thank Attorney General Mark Herring and Senator Marsden for speaking out against the inherent cruelty of fox penning.”

A third bill signed into law by Gov. McAuliffe is House Bill 972, introduced by Del. Ben Cline (R-Rockbridge), which allows judges to include pets in protective orders for victims of domestic violence. Research shows that more than 70 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser killed, harmed, or threatened their animal. With the passage of this law, Virginia becomes the 24th state to enact a law of this kind.

“Too often victims will stay in an abusive situation rather than leave their pet behind,” said Church. “This new law will alleviate that fear, giving victims of domestic violence the security they need to escape a dangerous environment.”

Animal advocates from across the state came out in support of this legislation at Virginia Humane Lobby Day in January. For more information on the ASPCA and to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org.

Randy Janssen April 10, 2014 at 07:18 AM
The ASPCA is not your local volunteer animal shelter. The ASPCA has been hijacked by radical animal rights activist. It is an over one hundred fifty million dollar corporation that spends almost every dime it gets on obscene salaries and filing lawsuits. It raises money by showing ads of cute dogs and cats, but it spends less then 10% to feed and shelter cats and dogs. Real animal shelters complain that the ASPCA gets the money they need to feed and shelter cats and dogs. The ASPCA spends money on the vegan activist group Mercy and for advertisements to make more money. The ASPCA has been found guilty of racketeering in Florida. The ASPCA says it wants to protect horses, but it support show jumping, one of the most dangerous things you can do to those animals. THE ASPCA IS AGAINST RODEO AND WESTERN TRADITIONS. The ASPCA IS FOR A VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE AND AGAINST EATTING MEAT. The ASPCA wants to change our eating habits and standard of living by outlawing farming methods that are used on family farms. The ASPCA is bad for America so don't applaud its lackeys. If you want to support something, think about giving to the child fund, St. Jude, the Wounded Warriors, or you local food bank. If you want to help animals, give money to you local animal shelter. Giving money to the ASPCA is giving money to a bloated bureaucracy that waste it on salaries and litigation. It claims to do good but if you really look at what it does, it only piggybacks on the work of local organizations.

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