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Herring Creates Nation’s First Attorney General’s Animal Law Unit

Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Attorney General Mark Herring Attorney General 900 East Main Street Richmond, Virginia 23219 For media inquiries only, contact: Michael Kelly, Director of Communications Phone: (804)786-5874 Email: mkelly@oag.state.va.us RICHMOND (January 22, 2015)– Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced the designation of the nation’s first Attorney General’s “Animal Law” unit, a small group of current staff attorneys who will spend a portion of their time, as needed, serving as a resource for local law enforcement and state agencies on issues involving animal welfare and animal fighting or abuse. Because of the specialized and relatively infrequent…

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Celebrating Three Huge Victories for Virginia Animals!

Hello Advocates! This last legislative session in Virginia was a historical one for animals. We are thrilled to say that THREE bills are now signed into law that will provide critical and necessary protections for Virginia’s most vulnerable animals. Your contributions to Humane Dominion enabled us to tip the scales just enough to get these bills passed. This is a game-changing year for us at Humane Dominion, the legislature in Richmond, and for the future of animal welfare in Virginia. And this has all been possible because of YOU! We’ve gone into some detail about our victories on our website,…

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Crackdown on Spectators at Animal Fights

Bipartisan legislation, S. 1947/H.R. 2492, has been introduced by U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Pa., and Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, and by Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Scott Brown, R-Mass., that would prohibit knowing attendance at organized animal fights and impose additional penalties for causing a minor to attend such events. Over the past decade, Congress has strengthened the penalties for and closed major loopholes in the federal animal fighting law, but has left the issue of spectators unaddressed. The legislation will correct this remaining gap in federal law to allow for a more comprehensive crackdown…

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Take Action — HB 2482 Weakens protection for animals

Under H.B. 2482 it would be more difficult to seize animals trapped in inhumane conditions by breeders, dealers or pet stores. Under the bill animals could only be seized if they are “(i) under a direct and immediate threat or (ii) the owner or custodian is unable to or does not provide adequate impoundment.” Otherwise, the breeder, dealer or pet shop could be ordered to impound animals under a directive or order. Yes, the abuser would “impound” their own abused or neglected animals. Regardless, upon conviction, the breeder, dealer or pet shop could obtain return of the animals “at the…

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Meet ROCKY! This handsome boy is sure to make you smile every day with his silliness, his wiggle butt and his soulful, warm eyes! He... more

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