Delete Kaye Kory and Buddy Fowler introduced a bill requiring breeders who sell or transfer dogs or cats to an animal experimentation center to keep records of each animal for two years from the date of sale or transfer .
Informally dubbed “Greta’s Law” after Fowler’s aged beagle, the bill will require these breeders to report certain information to the state veterinarian on a monthly basis, including the birth, acquisition, death or sale of a beagle. a dog or a cat during the previous month.
the Washington Post reported in December that a federal inspection at Cumberland-based beagle breeder Envigo found filthy conditions and incomplete records of the dogs’ deaths, including 300 puppies that had died of “unknown causes” over a period of seven months.
The inspection also found animals with battle wounds, eye problems, severe dental disease and inflamed legs. Food was held for 42 hours for about a dozen dogs nursing 78 puppies.
the To post reported that a separate secret investigation conducted by PETA found that “workers without veterinary degrees were sticking needles into puppies’ heads to drain hematomas without any pain relief for the animal, and instances in which puppies fell through holes in the cages and ended up in drains, soaked with water, feces and other waste.
“Envigo skirted responsibility and their beagles continue to suffer,” Kory said. “We need data to understand the true extent of what is happening to these beagles, who endure appalling conditions in Cumberland before being sold to animal testing because they are so cute. Something is seriously wrong when hundreds of adorable beagle puppies die of unknown causes. This industry needs reform, and reform begins with a full understanding of the extent of the problem.
“My daughter Greta has hunted with me for the past 12 years,” Fowler said. “If she had been born in Envigo, she would never have known the joy of running in the woods or meeting new friends at the General Assembly. I am honored to join Delegate Kory in our efforts to provide some accountability to breeders who sell their dogs and cats for animal testing.
“Beagles in facilities like Envigo spend their entire lives in cages, deprived of the companionship and exercise these social, active dogs need,” says Gina Lynch, community engagement manager for the Humane Society of Fairfax County and Virginia Coalition for Beagle Protection. “The Virginia Coalition for Beagle Protection thanks Del. Kory for his continued commitment to animal welfare and his determination to hold Envigo accountable for the deplorable conditions recently exposed for dogs, which earned the company 26 citations for violations of federal animal welfare law and an ongoing federal investigation.
Kory is a lifelong animal advocate who promised her late rescue dog Ben to create a more animal-friendly Virginia. She founded the Animal Welfare Caucus in 2018 and has been recognized by organizations like PETA and the Humane Society for her tireless efforts to end animal cruelty in the Commonwealth. His bill to ban cosmetic testing on animals in Virginia went into effect Jan. 1.