Caged ‘Golden Retriever’ to Demand Freedom for Dogs From Texas A&M

During World Week for Animals in Laboratories, PETA Will Increase Pressure on School to End Cruel Muscular Dystrophy Experiments

For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

College Station, TexasWhat:    As part of PETA’s campaign to end Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) muscular dystrophy experiments on dogs, a larger-than-life “dog” will be caged near campus on Wednesday, during World Week for Animals in Laboratories.

When:    Wednesday, April 26, 12 noon

Where:    The intersection of University Drive and College Main, College Station

As TAMU’s Board of Regents gathers for a meeting in College Station, supporters of PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—will screen eyewitness video footage and display posters showing dogs who were deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of muscular dystrophy. The animals struggled to walk, swallow, and even breathe in TAMU’s laboratory. Those who didn’t exhibit symptoms but carried the gene for muscular dystrophy were used for breeding—and were left to pace frantically on the hard, slatted floors and gnaw in frustration on the bars of small, barren cages.

“Dogs are being deliberately bred to be experimented on and die in Texas A&M’s laboratories in cruel experiments that have not yielded a single cure for humans suffering with muscular dystrophy,” says PETA’s Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is calling for these useless experiments to end and for all surviving dogs to be adopted into loving homes.”

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