Dog Defenders to Confront Texas A&M President at A&M Club Speech: ‘Free the Dogs!’

For Immediate Release:
October 7, 2022

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

College Station, Texas – When Texas A&M University President M. Katherine Banks gives a speech at a Brazos County A&M Club luncheon next Tuesday, PETA supporters will be there brandishing signs reading, “Texas A&M, Keep Your Word: Free the Dogs!” to draw attention to the plight of nine healthy golden retrievers still confined to cages at the university after being bred in its notorious canine muscular dystrophy laboratory. Texas A&M had promised to put the dogs up for adoption, but they were transferred to the veterinary school teaching program instead.

When:    Tuesday, October 11, 11 a.m.

Where:    Embassy Suites by Hilton College Station, 201 University Dr. E., College Station

Documents obtained by PETA from the university indicate that although the nine dogs were born healthy and without crippling and debilitating canine muscular dystrophy, the cruel conditions of laboratory life have harmed their well-being. A dog named Kahlua suffers from dermatitis and hair loss, Melania regularly leaves some or all of her food, and Elvira was unable to use her hind legs and now requires steroid shots and muscle stimulation. Texas A&M must release the nine dogs before they deteriorate even further.

“These nine dogs remain confined to barren cages in Texas A&M’s lab, longing for families who will let them nap on the couch and play in the sunshine,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA has offered to find homes for each of them, so there’s nothing stopping President Banks from honoring her word and releasing them.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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