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Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

The fall has brought both good and bad for the wonderful animals who share our world. The good, and it is very good, is that the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, or Proposition 2, passed in California on November 4 by a very substantial margin. Prop 2 ends the practice of confining certain animals raised for food in crates and cages so small that they can barely move. Under Prop 2, factory farms must provide enough space for breeding pigs, egg laying hens and veal calves to be able to stand up, turn around and extend their limbs.

The passage of this measure will end the use of horrific confinement systems and prevent calves, chickens and pigs from spending their whole lives in misery unable to move. It is now clear that, while people want to eat meat and animal products, they do not want farm animals treated with cruelty. Its passage should make us all proud.

On the less positive side, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries released publicly in November the study report that a DGIF committee prepared on hound hunting in Virginia. The report focused exclusively on the property rights issues in connection with the conduct of hunters using hounds and ignored completely the equally valid issues relating to mistreatment of the hounds. I attended the public meeting when the report was released and the chairman of the committee spoke at length about how the animal welfare advocates had no seat at the table in the preparation of the report and their views were not listened to at all. It was disheartening to realize that a state agency was proud of having disenfranchised a group of citizens with a valid stake in the matter.

Of equally great concern to me is the fact that the financial turmoil that has occurred over the fall has already caused the City of Richmond and several of the local counties to cut back on funding for resources and personnel for animal control agencies and pounds. With less resources and smaller staffs, the result could be increased loss of life of homeless animals in the public pounds in our community. Note I said “could.” 

We have made remarkable strides in saving the lives of homeless animals in our community especially in Richmond. No healthy homeless animal has died in Richmond for the lack of a home since 2005. This is due to our partnership with the City under which the Richmond SPCA accepts every healthy dog or cat from the City of Richmond animal shelter other than those they adopt out themselves. We now have a similar partnership with Hanover County. In addition to accepting into our no-kill shelter all of the healthy animals, we save the lives of a very large percentage of the sick and injured but treatable animals as well.

It is crucially important that we not allow local government cut backs to cause any backward sliding in this lifesaving progress. To make sure that we are able to continue to save all of those precious lives, even if the public pounds cannot keep them for as long, we must ask for your help. Your generous contribution before the end of the year is particularly crucial in enabling us to make certain that no sweet homeless animal dies due to government cut backs. Animals did nothing to cause the economic problems of late but, without you and the Richmond SPCA, they could pay a great price for them. Please contribute as generously as possible to help us make sure this does not happen.


Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer
Richmond SPCA

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