Dogs to Bark Against Cruel Canine Experiments at University of Washington

During World Week for Animals in Laboratories, PETA Will Call On School to Ban Wasteful Muscular Dystrophy Tests on Dogs

For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2018

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

SeattleWhat:    Just in time for World Week for Animals in Laboratories, this Thursday, PETA supporters—along with at least one canine companion—will descend on the University of Washington’s Red Square to protest the cruel and wasteful muscular dystrophy experiments on dogs that have been carried out by experimenters at the school.

When:    Thursday, April 26, 3 p.m.

Where:    Red Square, 15th Avenue N.E. and N.E. Campus Parkway, Seattle

“Dogs aren’t test tubes, and canine muscular dystrophy experiments don’t help humans,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on the University of Washington to ban these useless experiments.”

PETA has released video footage from a similar laboratory at Texas A&M University, showing that dogs struggle to walk, eat, and even breathe. Those who don’t exhibit symptoms but carry the gene for the disease are used for breeding. Dogs frantically pace on the hard slatted floors and bite the bars of the small cages to which they’re confined.

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