This morning, PETA filed a lawsuit that seeks to compel Texas A&M University (TAMU) to release records related to its colony of dogs suffering from canine muscular dystrophy (MD), as required by the state’s public-records law.
In January, after a TAMU alum stated publicly that the MD dog laboratory would be closed, PETA submitted a request to the school for copies of communications related to its discussions about this reported closure. TAMU refused, claiming that the requested information was confidential under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. PETA’s lawsuit argues that the records in question are not “student records,” which would be protected by this law, so the school must release them.
Public records are crucial to citizens’ understanding of the way their tax dollars are being used. We look forward to the court’s decision on this important case.
Just last month, we filed a federal lawsuit against TAMU—which is a public state institution—challenging its filtering of words that it doesn’t like on its official Facebook page. The filter automatically deletes visitor posts if they contain words such as “PETA,” “cruelty,” “lab,” and other terms associated with our campaign. PETA is represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in this First Amendment lawsuit.
Urge Texas A&M to Close the Dog Laboratory
PETA has released video footage showing dogs in TAMU’s laboratory suffering from a crippling and painful form of canine MD that leaves them struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe. Numerous people—including patients with MD, scientists, Lily Tomlin, Richard Linklater, Ryan Tannehill, and Bill Maher—have teamed up with PETA to speak out against the experiments, and you can, too. Click the button below to urge TAMU to stop funding cruel, wasteful experiments on dogs: