‘Dog Graveyard’ to Haunt Texas A&M Graduation Ceremony

Powerful PETA Protest Will Pressure University to End Cruel, Failed Canine Muscular Dystrophy Experiments

For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

College Station, Texas – On Thursday, a “graveyard” of “dead dogs” will appear outside Texas A&M’s graduation ceremony at Reed Arena to pay tribute to all the dogs who have suffered and died in the school’s notoriously cruel and unsuccessful canine muscular dystrophy experiments. PETA supporters will complete the scene of mourning with candles, flowers, and golden retriever dog props.

When:    Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m.

Where:    The north entrance of Reed Arena, 730 Olsen Blvd. (at the intersection with Recreation Center Drive), College Station

“While Texas A&M sends a new group of graduates out into the world, dogs used in its horrific experiments are still being held under lock and key in barren laboratories, and their only way out is death,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is demanding that this disgraced school end these tests and release all surviving dogs for adoption into loving homes immediately.”

PETA has released eyewitness video footage of dogs at Texas A&M who were deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of canine muscular dystrophy that left them struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe. Dogs who don’t exhibit symptoms but carry the gene for the disease are used for breeding, and they were seen frantically pacing and biting the bars of their small cages. Thirty-eight years of these tests have failed to result in a single cure or treatment that reverses muscular dystrophy symptoms in humans.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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