STILLWATER — The founder of an animal rights group will show a documentary tonight focusing on abuses by a class of animal dealers.
Chris DeRose, founder of Last Chance for Animals, said he has yet to see a random-source dealer where the animals are treated humanely.
"I call this organized crime sanctioned by the USDA,” he said.
DeRose said he was speaking of class B dealers, who "buy and sell animals they did not raise,” according to the USDA. These dealers might acquire their animals from places such as shelters and pounds.
A class A dealer is someone who raises animals for specific purposes, such as animals used in research facilities.
DeRose will show "Dealing Dogs,” a documentary about a class B animal dealer.
The issue is one that Madeleine Pickens, wife of OSU alumnus and billionaire benefactor T. Boone Pickens, recently raised in reference to the OSU veterinary school. Pickens could not be reached for comment on whether she would be attending the event.
Controversy arose in late February after Pickens said she planned to prohibit a $5 million donation from going to OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences because of practices she did not agree with.
One of the issues Pickens had was that the veterinary school buys animals for surgical training from class B dealers.