PETA Will Call On University of Pennsylvania to Stop Funding Wasteful Muscular Dystrophy Tests on Dogs
For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2018
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Philadelphia – What: During World Week for Animals in Laboratories, PETA supporters, and at least one dog will gather on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus for a spirited protest against the school’s funding of muscular dystrophy experiments on dogs at Texas A&M University (TAMU).
When: Thursday, April 26, 12 noon–1 p.m.
Where: Southwest corner of S. 34th and Walnut streets, Philadelphia
“Experimenters have been breeding dogs to suffer from a canine form of muscular dystrophy for four decades, yet no cure or successful treatment for the disease in humans has been found,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on the University of Pennsylvania to stop funding these useless and indefensibly cruel experiments.”
This week, PETA supporters, with their dogs, are also protesting universities in Columbia, Missouri; Seattle; Gainesville, Florida; and Reno, Nevada as well as demonstrating against TAMU on its College Station, Texas, campus.
PETA has obtained video footage from inside TAMU’s laboratories, which shows dogs deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of muscular dystrophy struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe. Those who don’t exhibit symptoms but carry the gene for the disease are used for breeding, and they frantically pace and bite the bars of the small cages to which they’re confined.
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