On Twitter this afternoon, A. Barton Hinkle of the Richmond Times-Dispatch exposed the outcome of an unrecorded vote of the Virginia House of Delegates' House Agriculture Subcommittee to kill a bill that would have relieved the suffering a great many chained dogs in Virginia. This same subcommittee has killed numerous bills over the years that sought to eliminate or limit chaining of dogs. As Hinkle references in a tweet, their discussion of the issue reflected their lack of understanding of the well-documented effects of chaining on dog behavior and health along with the great risks that chained dogs pose to public safety.
Earlier this week a House of Delegates subcommittee killed, on an unrecorded vote, a bill to limit the tethering of animals in Virginia. /1— A. Barton Hinkle (@ABartonHinkle) January 27, 2017
The bill did not forbid tethering oughtright. It simply required an owner to be nearby when an animal was tethered. /2— A. Barton Hinkle (@ABartonHinkle) January 27, 2017
Five of the seven committee members seemed to think tethering wasn't such a big deal. /3 pic.twitter.com/1L2oNnDD2J— A. Barton Hinkle (@ABartonHinkle) January 27, 2017
Because while there is an animal-cruelty law on the books, it's not exactly solved the problem. pic.twitter.com/37sMSt6Qp8— A. Barton Hinkle (@ABartonHinkle) January 27, 2017
Be nice if little fellas like this didn't end up the same way, wouldn't it? /end pic.twitter.com/z5tXmxRsNc— A. Barton Hinkle (@ABartonHinkle) January 27, 2017
Delegate John Bell, who introduced HB 1802 shared a video of the subcommittee's proceedings, which does a great service by shining light on a meeting that is attended by very few citizens.
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