Update (November 4, 2022): VICTORY! Texas A&M University has confirmed that it will release the nine healthy golden retrievers it had transferred from its failed canine muscular dystrophy laboratory to the veterinary school!
This momentous news comes after PETA’s hard-fought campaign that began with our shocking exposé of the school’s deplorable laboratory. Our relentless pressure ended its cruel breeding of dogs to develop this crippling disease and led to the release of more than 50 dogs.
But we never gave up on these nine betrayed golden retrievers. We campaigned hard—and now the dogs will be in homes before the end of the year.
You can read more about our win for the nine dogs here.
Originally posted on October 31, 2019:
Beloved actor and badass defender of animals James Cromwell was just arrested, hauled out in handcuffs, and taken to jail during a PETA protest at Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Board of Regents meeting.
The Emmy winner and Oscar nominee known for Babe, American Horror Story, Succession, and many other television shows and movies demanded that the school end its abusive, deadly, and pointless experiments in which golden retrievers and other dogs are bred to develop canine muscular dystrophy. They struggle to walk, eat, and even breathe. These cruel experiments have been going on for almost 40 years but have not resulted in a single treatment that can reverse debilitating muscular dystrophy symptoms in humans.
“I am appalled at the Regents’ lack of compassion! Do the right thing! Free these dogs! Send them to adoptive homes who will take care of them! Shut down this lab! Shut down the lab! Shut down the lab! Shut down the lab!” – James Cromwell
Under pressure from 500 physicians, many scientists, people with muscular dystrophy, and PETA, TAMU recently stopped breeding dogs for canine muscular dystrophy experiments—but the experiments continue.
Cromwell is part of a long list of celebrities—including Sir Paul McCartney, Richard Linklater, Bill Maher, Lily Tomlin, Ryan Tannehill, Casey Affleck, and Nikki Sixx—who’ve spoken out against TAMU’s dog laboratory. We can’t wait to see what a fearless activist the 79-year-old is at age 80. And we can’t wait for TAMU to shut down its deadly, useless dog lab for good.
Listen to How I Got Arrested With James Cromwell on The PETA Podcast: