Giant ‘Dog’ to Lead Protest at Texas A&M Board Meeting

PETA Will Urge Board of Regents to End Cruel, Failed Canine Muscular Dystrophy Experiments

For Immediate Release:
February 5, 2020

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Laredo, Texas – Led by a giant costumed “dog,” a pack of PETA supporters will descend on Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Board of Regents meeting on Thursday to call for an end to the school’s muscular dystrophy experiments on dogs.

When:    Thursday, February 6, 2–3 p.m.

Where:    Texas A&M International University Student Center Building, Room 231, 5201 University Blvd., Laredo

Eyewitness video footage shows dogs at TAMU who were deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of canine muscular dystrophy struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe. Under pressure from 500 physicians, people with muscular dystrophy, and PETA supporters, TAMU recently stopped breeding the dogs, but the experiments continue—even though over the last 38 years, they’ve failed to produce a cure or treatment that reverses muscular dystrophy symptoms in humans.

“Using dogs to study human muscular dystrophy is like using a map of Dallas to find your way around Houston,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling on the school’s board to shut this despicable laboratory down now and allow the surviving dogs to be adopted into loving homes.”

Earlier this week, PETA’s lawsuit against TAMU for violations of free speech on the university’s Facebook page was settled in PETA’s favor.

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

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