Animal rights activists have tried for years to get Virginia’s laws on animal fighting changed to protect the four-legged of the world, with little to show for it. After the embarassment of the Michael Vick dogfighting case here in the Old Dominion, legislators apparently now are listening.
The Washington Post reports the 2008 session has been flooded with pro-animal bills.
And continuing the animal law news roundup, cats may be able to claim some degree of parity with dogs, if House Bill 334 becomes law.
Proposed by Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, the measure would make it a class 5 felony to steal a cat. It’s already a felony to steal a dog. Dogs apparently have had better lobbyists in years past. The Virginian-Pilot has details.