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. The OSU veterinary school acquires the animals from class B dealers primarily for a third-year surgery lab. Students in the class are learning surgical techniques and procedures, such as spays and neuters. After an animal’s second surgery in the lab, it is euthanized. A total of 76 dogs from class B dealers were euthanized last year at the veterinary school. Michael Lorenz, OSU dean of veterinary medicine, said he wasn’t sure he would attend the event but people from the veterinary school will attend to see what is said about class B dealers and the school. Lorenz said the veterinary school’s administrators are constantly looking for ways to modify the school’s program to ensure the least number of the animals are euthanized. He said his goal is to end the terminal surgeries, or the surgeries in the third-year surgery lab where the animal is euthanized. Friends of the Forms, the philosophy club, is hosting the event.Comments
If you go‘Dealing Dogs’ documentary →What: Film about a class B animal dealer →When: 7 p.m. today →Where: Student Union Little Theater, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater →Also: After showing "Dealing Dogs,” animal rights activist Chris Derose will show video footage about Britches, a monkey that was used for laboratory research. A question-and-answer session will follow.