RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF FAUQUIER COUNTY SUPPORTING THE STRATEGIES PROPOSED BY THE STAKEHOLDER ADVISORY COMMITTEE RELATED TO HUNTING WITH HOUNDS IN VIRGINIA

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has been studying the issue of Hunting with Hounds in Virginia through its Stakeholder Advisory Committee; and

WHEREAS, this Committee consists of a well-balanced group of representatives including bear, deer, fox, raccoon, and rabbit hunters; a corporate land manager; a law enforcement officer; a non-hound hunter; private land owners; an animal control officer; a non-mounted fox hunter; and a non-consumption recreationalist; and

WHEREAS, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee focused on concerns such as hound trespass, the right-to-retrieve, hunting from the road, violations of existing laws and lost/abandoned dogs; and

WHEREAS, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee continues to study the issue of the right-to-retrieve, which is important for the safety and welfare of the hounds; and

WHEREAS, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee has brought forth a series of proposed strategies including:  the hiring of more personnel by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to investigate complaints and enforce existing laws; better record keeping of violations and complaints; more funding for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; increased fines and penalties for violations of existing laws; the establishment of a minimum setback from public roads for hunting in order to prevent the release of hounds onto private property without permission; a hound identification program; education and training regarding hound hunting; the establishment of a Code of Ethics based upon the existing Code of Ethics of hound hunting organizations; and, holding violators accountable for violating existing laws and for unsportsmanlike conduct; and

WHEREAS, fox hunting is a part of Fauquier County’s rich cultural heritage; and

WHEREAS, Fauquier County is in the center of hunt country in the United States, with fox, horse, and hound activities serving as a driving force in its economy; and

WHEREAS, hunting and its related activities and interests contribute to Virginia’s $6 billion equine industry – an industry that is clean, green, and requires no contributions from the State towards its infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the Commonwealth and the County, their economies, their visitors and theirs residents, for hound hunting to be a safe, enjoyable activity; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and its Stakeholder Advisory Committee are accepting public comments regarding their recommendations; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 13th day of November 2008, That the Board does hereby strongly support the proposed strategies offered by the Hunting with Hounds Stakeholder Advisory Committee; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the County of Fauquier expressly supports Virginia’s right-to-retrieve law and the Committee’s strategies on modifying the right-to-retrieve laws; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the County Administrator be, and is hereby, directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the members of the House of Delegates and Senate who represent Fauquier County in the Virginia General Assembly.

                                                                                    A Copy Teste

                                                                                    Paul S. McCulla
                                                                                    Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
 

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