PETA Campaign Seeks End to Texas A&M’s Cruel Muscular Dystrophy Experiments
For Immediate Release:
December 29, 2017
David Perle 202-483-7382
Charlotte, N.C. – Moments after Texas A&M University (TAMU) scored its first touchdown against Wake Forest University at the Belk Bowl today, three PETA supporters wearing sweatshirts and brandishing signs proclaiming, “TAMU: Stop Cruel Dog Tests,” rushed onto the field. The trio sat on the field to protest TAMU for experimenting on golden retrievers and breeding them to develop a crippling canine form of muscular dystrophy (MD) that leaves the dogs struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe.
After several minutes, police escorted the protesters out of the stadium. Video footage of the protest is available here.
“For decades, generations of dogs have suffered and died in gruesome experiments that haven’t led to a cure for muscular dystrophy in humans,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling on Texas A&M to shut down this cruel laboratory, stop experimenting on golden retrievers, and release all surviving dogs for adoption into loving homes.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—has released eyewitness video footage showing golden retrievers and other dogs in TAMU labs who were suffering from canine MD and could barely walk or swallow. Dogs who didn’t exhibit symptoms but carried the gene for canine MD were used for breeding—and were left to pace frantically on the hard, slatted floors and gnaw in frustration on cage bars.
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