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

PETA Supporters Have a Bone to Pick With School Over Cruel, Failed Canine Muscular Dystrophy Experiments

For Immediate Release:
April 10, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

College Station, 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, April 11, 2:30 p.m.

Where:    Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, 177 Joe Routt Blvd., College Station

“Dogs who’ve been bred to suffer are wasting away in agony inside barren metal cells in a TAMU laboratory—all for experiments that have failed for 38 years to produce anything of value for humans afflicted with muscular dystrophy,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “The board’s chair, Charles W. Schwartz, is reportedly leaving, and PETA is demanding that TAMU’s horrific dog laboratory go with him.”

PETA has released eyewitness video footage of dogs inside TAMU’s lab 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. Thirty-eight years of these tests have failed to result in a single cure or treatment that reverses muscular dystrophy symptoms in humans. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, the majority of Americans oppose the use of animals in experiments.

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

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