RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia General Assembly has handed numerous payments designed to guard the welfare of animals raised in analysis animal breeding amenities, after deplorable circumstances at a Cumberland beagle breeder had been uncovered final 12 months.
Undercover video taken by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and a federal report detailing unexplained deaths on the facility ignited requires reform and oversight on the Envigo breeding facility in Cumberland County.
Now, numerous payments are headed for the governor’s desk that search to deal with the issue, offering for elevated oversight and penalties for animal welfare violations.
In a joint assertion, Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Galax),and Sen. David Marsden (D-Burke) wrote, “As chief patrons of the seven research animal protection bills that passed the Senate floor 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 payments originating within the Senate, Del. Robert Bell (R-Greene) patroned a measure to ban people who’ve dedicated sure animal welfare violations from shopping for or promoting cats or canine. The invoice overwhelmingly handed, on a vote of 99-1.
“Virginia has been responsible for ignoring this mess for a long time, and we are not going to leave that stain on the Commonwealth,” the senators wrote.