Texas A&M University (TAMU) alumnus and Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has sent a letter to his alma mater to urge the school to end cruel muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments on golden retrievers and other dogs in the university’s laboratory.
In the letter, Ryan pointed to the “heartbreaking ” eyewitness video footage obtained by PETA that shows dogs who deliberately were bred to develop a crippling and painful form of MD. As the disease ravages their bodies, they struggle to walk, swallow, and even breathe. These taxpayer-funded experiments have continued for more than 35 years but have not led to a cure for MD in humans.
The letter reads, in part:
Muscular dystrophy is indeed a terrible disease, and there’s no question that a cure must be found. But subjecting trusting dogs to a shortened lifetime of difficulty, pain, and loneliness is not the way to do it. … Please put a stop to this cruel and fruitless work and adopt these dogs out to compassionate families who will give them all the care and attention that they deserve for the remainder of their lives.
What You Can Do
Read Ryan’s full letter to TAMU and join him in urging the university to close its dog laboratories, to stop breeding muscular dystrophy–afflicted dogs, to release all dogs for adoption into good homes, and to redirect resources toward humane research methods.