Virginia Governor Signs 5 Beagle Protection Bills; PETA Rejoices

For Immediate Release:
April 4, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Richmond, Va. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch after Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin today signed into law protections for animals bred and sold for experiments. Undercover video captured by PETA ignited calls for reform and oversight at the Envigo breeding facility in Cumberland, Virginia. Its past clients include the National Institutes of Health.

Virginia made history today! 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. 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 down drains and die, or allowing beagles to suffer with painful and untreated conditions. PETA is proud to call Virginia our home.

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