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The Virginia Senate is expected to vote this week on a bill supporters say would be a step toward stopping the euthanization of animals by Norfolk-based animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Senate Bill 1381 is “a first step in stopping the madness of the killing at PETA Norfolk HQ,” according to a post on the Facebook page “Stand for Maya.” The post encourages supporters to contact their representatives in the Senate.
The bill would amend section 3.2-6500 of the Code of Virginia, adding language stating a private animal shelter “means a facility operated for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes and facilitating other lifesaving outcomes for animals.”
Sen. Lynwood Lewis, who represents the 6th District, including the Eastern Shore of Virginia, voted in favor of the bill Thursday in the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, where it passed 10-3.
Lewis will vote in the affirmative when the bill comes before the Senate, his legislative aide Charles Stanton said.
The bill has its first reading before the full Senate in Monday’s session.
The “Stand for Maya” page was created in the wake of the alleged taking by two PETA workers of a pet Chihuahua from the porch of its home in Hopeton. The dog was later euthanized.
Animal lovers from the Eastern Shore of Virginia and beyond held a rally in November outside the Accomack County Commonwealth Attorney’s office to ask Commonwealth Attorney Gary Agar to prosecute the case against the two women.
Agar declined, saying he found no criminal intent in their actions.
“I sympathize with them, but I’m not able to make a decision based on what’s expedient. … I’ve got to make a right legal decision,” Agar said.