Animal Activist With Muscular Dystrophy To Tell TAMU: ‘Shut Your Dog Lab Down!’

Johnathon Byrne Flies In From England to Condemn Texas A&M's Cruel and Ineffective Muscular Dystrophy Experiments on Dogs

For Immediate Release:
September 5, 2018

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

College Station, TexasWhat:    On Thursday, muscular dystrophy (MD) patient Johnathon Byrne will visit Texas A&M University (TAMU) after flying in from his native England to urge the school to close its canine muscular dystrophy laboratory. He will try to meet with TAMU President Michael Young and will carry a banner with the image from his new billboard, which will be going up in several cities across Texas.

When:    Thursday, September 6, 1 p.m.

Where:    At the intersection of University Drive and College Main, College Station

“For nearly four decades, a TAMU experimenter has been tormenting dogs out of view of the public, with no cure or successful treatment for human MD patients in sight,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is joining forces with Johnathon Byrne to call for an end to these horrible experiments on sensitive dogs.”

PETA has released video footage from TAMU’s laboratories showing dogs who were deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of MD struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe. Byrne is one of numerous muscular dystrophy patients around the world who have spoken out against these studies.

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