History in the Making! Virginia Governor Signs 5 Beagle Protection Bills

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

BREAKING: Today, Virginia made history—Gov. Glenn Youngkin has just signed into law protections for animals bred and sold for experiments. PETA has never been prouder to call Virginia our home!

Undercover video footage captured by PETA ignited calls for reform and oversight at laboratory-supplying beagle-breeding factory farm Envigo in Cumberland, Virginia, whose past clients include the National Institutes of Health.

Once these laws go into effect, Envigo won’t be able to get away with depriving nursing mother dogs of food for days, letting puppies freeze to death or fall into drains and die, or allowing beagles to suffer with painful and untreated conditions.

This victory was months in the making and had unanimous bipartisan support.

PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch expressed appreciation to those who helped make this victory possible:

PETA thanks Gov. Youngkin and the 140 members of the Virginia General Assembly who voted unanimously to protect dogs and cats bred for experimentation in our state.

History in the Making! Virginia Governor Signs 5 Beagle Protection Bills

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch pose with beagle friend Bella while celebrating the signing into law of new protections for animals bred and sold for experiments.

Members of Congressincluding U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.)—have also pushed for change.

“In light of persistent and egregious violations of the AWA, we believe that APHIS should immediately suspend the license of the Envigo breeding facility,” the senators wrote in their recent letter to Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—of which APHIS is an agency—has cited Envigo for a total of 73 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act since July 2021, the department has failed to take any enforcement action against the notorious beagle supplier. As Warner and Kaine pointed out, “The role of the [USDA] in ensuring humane treatment of animals extends beyond routine and focused inspections.”

And there’s another group of people who played a major role in nabbing this win: Compassionate folks like you. The USDA may be dragging its feet, but more than 68,000 supporters have taken action, urging authorities to remove suffering dogs from Envigo immediately and to suspend its license to operate. Click below to join them:

Note: PETA supports animal rights, opposes all forms of animal exploitation, and informs the public about those issues. PETA does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind