July 1 is a big day in Virginia, because it marks the date when legislation passed in the prior session of the Virginia General Assembly typically becomes law.
This year, we have a number of victories to celebrate.
These include new laws that impose further restrictions on tethering dogs outside, especially in extreme weather conditions, and that require the adoption of comprehensive regulations for pet shops, which often sell dogs bred in “puppy mills.” This year, the General Assembly also passed a law, slated to take effect in July 2021, that prohibits public contact with big cats and other wild animals and will put an end to practices that are cruel (such as “photo ops” with lion cubs) and that pose a risk to people’s safety.
Humane Dominion could not achieve these gains for animals without the efforts of committed advocates across the Commonwealth. At the same time, there is more work to be done, and our planning for 2021 is already underway.
Today, we hope that you will join us in celebrating these successes for Virginia’s animals, and that you will support our future work.