For Immediate Release:
May 11, 2021
Amanda Hays 202-483-7382
College Station, Texas – To push Texas A&M University to end all experiments on golden retrievers and other dogs in its canine muscular dystrophy (MD) laboratory and to release the remaining dogs for adoption, a PETA supporter will cage themselves as well as realistic-looking stuffed dogs right outside the school’s veterinary graduation ceremony tomorrow.
When: Wednesday, May 12, 8 a.m.
Where: 730 Olsen Blvd., College Station
“The purpose of veterinary school is to teach students to heal animals, not torment them,” says PETA Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Dr. Alka Chandna. “The class of 2021 will surely agree with PETA: Dogs don’t deserve to suffer in pointless experiments or spend a lifetime without feeling loved.”
Video footage released by PETA shows golden retrievers and other dogs at Texas A&M—who were deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of canine MD—struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe. Thanks to PETA’s efforts, the school has ended its dog-breeding program. Many dogs were released for adoption, but 20 remain in barren cages. Nearly 40 years of these experiments have not produced a cure or a treatment to reverse MD symptoms in humans.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.