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New rules likely to win OK for Va. fox pens

Thursday - 6/13/2013, 11:57am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. -- Tighter regulations governing fenced preserves where hounds are let loose on foxes are expected to win approval by state wildlife regulators.

The board of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is scheduled to take up the changes Thursday in Richmond.

The proposed changes would apply to about three dozen foxhound training preserves that operate primarily in Southside and southeast Virginia.

In Virginia, preserves ranging up to hundreds of acres provide an opportunity for foxhound owners to train their dogs within fenced enclosures. They contend the foxes enjoy a good chase.

But groups such as the Animal Welfare Institute call the sport cruel and inhumane. They are asking the board to abolish the practice outright or enact tighter rules to govern the operations.

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