Giant ‘Dog’ to Protest Texas A&M President During Department of Commerce Summit

PETA Will Call for End to School's Canine Muscular Dystrophy Experiments

For Immediate Release:
June 20, 2018

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

WashingtonWhat:    On Thursday, as attendees arrive for the U.S. Department of Commerce SelectUSA Investment Summit, at which Texas A&M University (TAMU) President Michael Young will be a moderator, a giant “dog” will lead protesters in calling for Young to end TAMU’s cruel muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments on dogs.

When:    Thursday, June 21, 8 a.m.

Where:    Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor

“Any experiment that continues for 37 years with no cure for the disease in sight is obviously a bad investment, yet Michael Young and Texas A&M keep subjecting dogs to a lifetime of suffering in barren cages,” says PETA Vice President Alka Chandna, Ph.D. “PETA’s message is clear: Shut down the dog laboratory now.”

PETA has released eyewitness video footage of dogs inside TAMU’s labs who have been deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of canine MD that leaves them struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe. Joe Kornegay, the lead experimenter at TAMU, has been breeding dogs to have canine muscular dystrophy since 1981, but the experiments have failed to produce a cure or even a treatment that reverses the symptoms of MD in humans.

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