For years, Class B dealers or “bunchers” as they are known in the trade, sold animals to research institutions that they obtained from dog pounds, trade day sales, dog auctions, and smaller dog dealers. This system of obtaining dogs for research was often plagued with abuse and even stolen dogs.
Esposito and other bunchers frequently violated the law by acquiring animals from fraudulent sources and abusing and neglecting their animals. One buncher investigated by our Executive Director, Bob Baker, was found to be housing his dogs with no food or water. This particular buncher attempted to re-sell his dogs within 3 – 5 days of acquiring them and therefore refused to waste feed on them. Those that didn’t sell starved to death. Baker discovered skeletons of dogs chained to dog houses.
Fortunately, due to the passage of a state law in Missouri making it a felony to steal a dog along with stricter regulations by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, there are no longer any bunchers actively operating in Missouri and only a handful left nationwide.
Random source dogs and cats can still be used by researchers and educators who don’t rely on government money. This is the reason that Congress needs to pass the Pet Safety and Protection Act, which would effectively outlaw the use of all random source dogs and cats in the United States. In the meantime, tougher regulations have shrunk the number of Class B dealers from about 200 in the 1970s to just a handful today, with none in Missouri.
This article was written by MAAL who is a Fantastic organization in Missouri !!!