‘Close Cruel Dog Labs’ Banner to Fly Over Texas A&M Graduation

PETA Brings Campaign to End Cruel Canine Muscular Dystrophy Experiments to School Officials, Graduates, and Their Families

For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2017

Contact:
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

College Station, Texas – A massive PETA banner proclaiming, “TAMU: Close Cruel Muscular Dystrophy Dog Labs,” will fly over Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) convocation ceremony on Saturday. Amid the pomp and pageantry, PETA will remind graduation attendees that TAMU deliberately breeds dogs to develop a crippling and painful form of muscular dystrophy that leaves them struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe. Held in barren concrete and metal cells, they’re deprived even of blankets that might offer them some measure of comfort.

When:    Saturday, May 13, 8:30–10:30 a.m.

Where:    The plane will fly over Kyle Field, 756 Houston St., College Station

“For years, dogs have suffered and died in Texas A&M’s laboratories in useless experiments that have found no cure for humans,” says PETA Chief of Laboratory Case Management Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is calling on the university to remove this stain from its reputation by ending these cruel experiments and releasing all surviving dogs for adoption into loving homes.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—has released eyewitness video footage showing that dogs who did not exhibit symptoms but carried the gene for muscular dystrophy were used for breeding in the TAMU laboratory. They were left alone to pace frantically on the hard, slatted floors and gnaw in frustration on the bars of small, desolate cages.

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