For Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month, Tell TAMU to Stop Torturing Dogs

Published by Zachary Toliver.

September is Muscular Dystrophy (MD) Awareness Month, and we know a way to observe it that will benefit both MD patients and animals.

Throughout September, people around the world will work to increase awareness about MD, the importance of early intervention, and the search for better treatments. PETA believes that patients deserve effective treatments. That’s why we’re working hard to close down the cruel MD dog laboratory at Texas A&M University (TAMU).

TAMU experimenters intentionally breed dogs to develop the canine version of MD. This painful disease ravages their bodies, causing progressive muscle wasting and weakness. The dogs may also have seizures and respiratory issues, and they often lose the ability to stand or walk.

For more than 35 years, TAMU’s Joe Kornegay has bred dogs to have debilitating canine MD and then conducted experiments on them. After decades of tests on generations of suffering dogs, there’s still no cure or treatment to reverse the symptoms of this terrible disease in humans.

MD patients and their families know what it’s like to suffer from this disease, and they agree with us that these experiments are heartbreaking and wasteful. One patient stated, “As someone with MD, breeding animals with this disease is utterly disgraceful. Living in pain every single day is not something I would ever wish on another living thing.”

PETA supporters like you can help end these cruel, senseless experiments.

It makes no sense to dote on some animals as companions while condemning others to be treated as laboratory tools—they’re all individuals deserving of respect. TAMU should commit to using only modern, animal-free research methods that will actually help people and release all dogs for adoption into good homes.

Tell TAMU what you think about its torturous experiments during MD Awareness Month by leaving a comment on the university’s Facebook page.

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