Miller Diamond—who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (MD) at the age of 10 and is 22 years old now—is calling for an end to Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) canine MD experiments:
“Like others suffering from this disease, I hope for a cure or a treatment,” Miller says. “However, I do not want these animals to suffer for me. I have never asked for it, and I want these experiments to end now.”
Video footage obtained by PETA shows that dogs—deliberately bred to have canine MD, which is similar to but different from human MD—were caged, sometimes alone, in barren metal cells in TAMU’s laboratory.
Miller’s mother, Michelle, who also appears in the video, stresses that these experiments have continued for more than 35 years with no cure or treatment that reverses MD symptoms in humans.
“Texas A&M’s muscular dystrophy experiments on dogs have proven to be a tragic failure,” she says. “President Young, stop breeding dogs for muscular dystrophy experiments and release these dogs to live the rest of their lives in comfortable, loving homes. Millions of lives depend on it—Miller’s life depends on it.”
PETA’s efforts to end these tests have received support from numerous patients with MD and doctors and scientists—who have criticized the experiments’ inapplicability to human patients—as well as public figures, including Lily Tomlin, Miami Dolphins quarterback and TAMU alumnus Ryan Tannehill, and commentator Bill Maher.
Never Be Silent
We know what can be accomplished when, together, we speak out against injustices. Join us—along with Miller and countless others—in urging TAMU to stop breeding dogs with MD, close its canine laboratory, release all dogs for adoption into good homes, and redirect its resources into humane research methods: