The Washington Post carried an article in August about the practice of fox penning in Southern Virginia. Briefly stated, foxes and coyotes are trapped, transported miles to a location, and placed in pens. Then packs of dogs are put into the pen to chase the animals. If captured, the foxes and coyotes are often torn apart by the dogs. How is that any different from dogfighting? It isn’t, yet penning is legal in some Midwestern and Southern states, whereas dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Animal fighting of any kind as spectator sport is reprehensible. Yet some of these animal fights go unnoticed, especially penning, as few people know about the practice.
When you think about it…fox penning and dog fighting seem alike, yet only one is illegal in some states. Why?