Texas A&M Faces Lawsuit As It Tries to Hide Its Cruel Dog Experiments

Published by Zachary Toliver.

PETA has filed a third lawsuit against Texas A&M University after the school refused to hand over documents related to a deceased spaniel named Buckley—one of the hundreds of dogs who have been tormented in the school’s canine muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments—and the birth records of the animals imprisoned inside its cruel laboratory.

Like any other person, Buckley wanted a family to love and a life free from torment. Instead, experimenters denied him everything except the crippling disease that he was born with.

Based on records PETA obtained previously, we know that Buckley was caged, lonely, in chronic pain, and tormented in frightening tests. He suffered from upper respiratory infections and nasal discharges. He had ulcerations that caused corneal scarring in both eyes. Texas A&M University now refuses to release any more documents related to him based on a “trade secret exemption,” a ridiculous claim for records that only describe his illness and the disorders he suffered from under the watch of head experimenter Joe Kornegay, who has been breeding dogs to have canine MD for more than 35 years and has yet to find a cure or even a treatment to reduce symptoms of MD in humans.


In another absurd claim that proves how desperate Texas A&M University is to suppress the truth about this laboratory, the school also refuses to release recent birth and breeding records on the dogs, claiming “veterinarian-client privilege.”

Yes, we’re sure that the dogs who were purposely bred to have this crippling disease and then condemned to a life inside cages while being subjected to painful experiments would not want their “right to privacy” violated!

Texas A&M University dog laboratory

Like all dogs bred by Texas A&M University to have a severe form of canine muscular dystrophy, these puppies will never experience life in a loving home.


This lawsuit follows two others that PETA filed in the last few months against Texas A&M University. One challenges the university’s use of a filter that automatically deletes posts on its Facebook page that contain words such as “PETA,” “cruelty,” “lab,” and other terms associated with our campaign. The other challenges the school’s withholding of records about its possible closure of the MD dog laboratory.

Urge Texas A&M University to Close the Dog Laboratory

PETA has released video footage showing dogs in Texas A&M University’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 MDscientistsLily TomlinRichard LinklaterRyan 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 Texas A&M University to stop funding cruel, wasteful experiments on dogs:

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind