RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Proposed changes at fenced training preserves where hounds pursue foxes are up for debate before the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The changes will be outlined in Richmond on Wednesday at a public meeting. The changes are aimed at the nearly 40 foxhound training preserves found primarily in Southside and southeast Virginia.
The preserves allow owners of hounds to pursue foxes in fenced preserves that can encompass hundreds of acres. They have been criticized by animal welfare groups as inhumane.
Operators say the foxes are treated humanely and the object of the preserves is the chase - not the capture of fox.
The board is expected to hear public comments on the recommendations before voting on the changes in June.
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