Giant ‘Dog’ to Lead Protest at Texas A&M Fort Worth Club Dinner

PETA Will Urge TAMU President Michael K. Young to End Cruel, Failed Muscular Dystrophy Experiments on Golden Retrievers

For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2020

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Fort Worth, Texas – Led by a giant costumed “dog,” a pack of PETA supporters will gather outside Texas A&M University (TAMU) President Michael K. Young’s address at the Fort Worth Club on Thursday to urge him to end the school’s muscular dystrophy experiments on dogs.

When:    Thursday, February 20, 6 p.m.

Where:    Fort Worth Club, 306 W. Seventh St. (at the intersection with Throckmorton Street), Fort Worth

Eyewitness video footage shows golden retrievers and other 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 Civil War musket to fight a nuclear war,” says PETA neuroscientist Dr. Emily Trunnell. “PETA is calling on Michael Young to shut this despicable laboratory down now and allow the surviving dogs to be adopted into loving homes.”

Earlier this month, PETA’s lawsuit against TAMU for violations of free speech on the university’s Facebook page was settled in the group’s favor, and the school paid $75,000 in legal fees to PETA.

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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