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Subject: [voicesforRahkim] Front page story on dog vivisection dealer
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2005 10:50:34 -0500
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Subject: DawnWatch: Front page story on dog vivisection dealer 2/3/05
The Thursday, February 3, St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri) has a front
page story headed, "Animal dealer pays record fine." It imparts loads of
information about Class B dealers and the canine vivisection industry.
The story opens,
"A northwest Arkansas animal dealer who for years sold thousands of cats
and dogs to medical research facilities, including the University of
Missouri at Columbia, has agreed to pay the largest-ever penalty for
violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
"C.C. Baird and his wife, Patsy, paid the $262,700 fine last week as
part of an agreement settling a civil case brought by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture..."
The complaint accused the Bairds of violations including "severe
mistreatment and neglect of a multitude of animals." And we learn, "They
also were charged with buying animals of suspicious and possibly stolen
origins and falsifying animal health certificates."
We read, "About 125 dogs were seized and handed over to animal adoption
groups. The seized animals forced the USDA to take the unusual step of
asking owners of recently lost dogs to contact the agency. Hundreds of
inquiries came in, and the agency matched 'a dozen or more' owners with
their lost pets, said USDA spokesman Jim Rogers. The animals 'had
somehow gotten into his hands,' through false pretensions,
miscommunication or theft, Rogers said."
It is disturbing to learn that as far back as 1995, Baird "was charged
with failing to keep detailed records of how animals were bought and
sold. He also was accused of acquiring 'random-source dogs' -- a term to
describe dogs that cannot be traced to legitimate dealers and may have
We learn something about the medical research industry:
"Selling dogs and cats to medical research facilities proved to be
lucrative for the Bairds, federal authorities said. In 1999, one of
their busiest recent years, the Bairds bought 3,300 animals, sold 3,115
animals and grossed a minimum of $100,000, according to the civil
"The Bairds' clients are said to have included research universities
across the country, among them the University of Colorado's Health
Sciences Center, Oregon State University and the University of Missouri
"Mizzou officials confirmed Wednesday that they had recently bought dogs
from C.C. Baird for use in teaching and research. They said they stopped
buying only when the kennels closed as part of the civil consent
decision last month....The school buys from USDA-certified animal
dealers and does not stop purchases because of federal charges. 'We're
not going to react to allegations,' said school spokesman Christian
And we learn something about the effectiveness of USDA monitoring:
"The Bairds, and C.C. Baird in particular, have been the targets of
animal rights groups for years. One group, California-based Last Chance
for Animals, has been visiting Bairds' operations in northwest Arkansas
for at least eight years. The group has sent federal authorities shots
of undercover videotape they said proved dogs and cats were mistreated.
But USDA attorney Carroll said her office's investigation did not rely
on the group's work and she never viewed the videos."
Hundreds of families whose dogs disappeared in Missouri in the last few
years might be upset to learn the USDA had not only failed, for years,
to investigate properly, but had not even viewed video taken by an
You can read the whole article on line at: http://tinyurl.com/67uaw
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