Monday, February 20, 2006

Undercover Documentary will Air 2-21 on Pet Theft and How Animal Testing Facilities Really Get Dogs and Cats: USDA and the World of Class B Dealers


I posted this last week. Want to post again to assure everyone will watch. Please do, you'll learn a lot. It will air tomorrow. This is the only thing I'll post today. I want everyone to focus on this documentary.

Undercover Documentary will Air 2-21 on Pet Theft and How Animal Testing Facilities Really Get Dogs and Cats: They Expose the World of Class B Dealers, Bunchers, Auctions and USDA Complicity in Pet Theft


The details of the documentary are found below. It have also included some quotes from the producers on what was uncovered in this documentary, as they were able to get someone undercover at Martin Creek Kennel and other facilities. Again, you just won’t believe it and the cruelty that was uncovered. It’s hard to comprehend.

I encourage all, (including animal haters) to see how research facilities really get dogs and cats. Dog or cat lovers, get ready. Your anger will boil over when you learn of the truth. The truth that I mention again, is supported by the USDA.

If you don’t have HBO, then at least read the quotes below and visit the site for the documentary. You will learn a lot. The site can be found at:


Dealing Dogs: The Betrayal of Man’s Best Friends

http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/dealingdogs/index.html


Dealing Dogs

Each year, 42,000 dogs are sold to veterinary schools and research labs by Class B dealers, who are required by federal law to buy the animals from pounds, shelters and small breeders and to treat them humanely. However, many Class B dealers violate the law. DEALING DOGS exposes the abuses that took place at one of America's most notorious Class B dealers - Martin Creek Kennel in Arkansas. Premieres Tuesday, February 21 at 10pm (ET/PT).


Here’s a few excerpts from the producers of the show on the situation with bunchers and in particular C.C. Baird. You won’t believe it. The interview can be found here:

http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/dealingdogs/

interview.html

Well, C.C. Baird keeps about between five to seven hundred dogs in a kennel. He sells them to laboratories for experimentation. Now, either you agree with that or you don't, but it is legal. What was very bad about what he was doing was where he was getting those dogs, and then how he was treating them when he had them. He was getting them from guys known as bunchers, who would sell him dogs. They would claim that they had bred these dogs, but in many cases they had taken a van, gone around and taken them off people's lawns. So he would acquire them from wherever he could, really. And then he would turn around and sell them from anywhere between two hundred and fifty to four hundred dollars. So he was making a lot of money.

And the USDA, which licensed him, has fairly comprehensive rules about the conditions in which dogs are supposed to be kept by B dealers -- requirements about the amount of cage space, the access to veterinary care, food, cleanliness. And basically, what Pete was doing was documenting both the violations of the USDA regulations, which fall under the Animal Welfare Act, and the means by which he seemed to acquire these dogs, and dispose of the dogs. I mean, one of the most harrowing sequences in the film is a visit that we made to what's known as "the Trench," which is an area on Baird's property. It's an open trench some hundred feet long that contains the carcasses in various stages of decay of dogs that were disposed of from the kennel. A lot of them died of disease, a lot of them died because they were over-crowded and they were in fights. Some of them died because they had diseases and then their organs were harvested, and sold to research labs.

Because often when a dog was ill, it was cheaper for them to dispose of him or a dog that was supposedly a "biter." One of the most horrific scenes in the film is the story of a little black dog who one of the kennel guys claimed was a "biter." And he was summarily taken out and shot in the head. And Pete got it on camera. It's pretty rough stuff.

Well, there is a bigger issue, which is that the USDA are supposed to inspect these dealers. There aren't enough USDA inspectors to go around, but many of them don't do their job. And so we hope that there is a rethink within the USDA about actually inspecting these dealers, and we hope that they make B dealers illegal.


End of summary.

I recently wrote about the case of C.C. Baird and Martin Creek Kennel in Arkansas. This disgrace was a Class B dealer, who literally stole dogs and cats from yards and sold them to animal testing facilities as well as to veterinary schools. He did this with the help of bunchers: http://geari.blogspot.com/2005/09/

noted-dog-and-cat-dealers-plead-guilty.html


This is an amazing development. I had no idea that anyone was actually working on a documentary of the issues of how research labs and veterinary schools actually get the animals they test on. As I mentioned, one particularly bad dealer is C.C. Baird. This documentary takes you behind the scenes of his disgusting operation. You wont’ believe that this man actually made millions off stealing dogs and cats from yards and then legally selling them to animal testing labs and veterinary schools. And it’s all legal via the USDA. I also have much on this form of pet theft at:

http://geari.blogspot.com/2005/09/

noted-dog-and-cat-dealers-plead-guilty.html


But the best thing would be for all to watch the documentary. It will educate you fully on this terrible issue.

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