PETA Celebrates: Commissioners Vote for Dogs

For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch regarding the Halifax County Board of Commissioners’ vote earlier today to ban the unattended tethering of dogs, which goes into effect on January 1, 2020:

The Halifax County commissioners acted just in time to prevent countless dogs from shivering at the end of a chain this winter, while forced to eat, drink, and relieve themselves all within the same few square feet of frozen ground. Out of sight is often out of mind, and PETA’s fieldworkers routinely find dogs relegated to the outdoors 24/7, isolated and trapped on a chain or in a filthy pen, deprived of opportunities for exercise and companionship and sometimes even of food and water. PETA urges everyone to keep an eye out for animals in need and to report neglect or cruelty to local authorities—or to PETA, whose emergency responders are always available.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” and we oppose speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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