‘Mad Scientist’ to Protest Dog Experiments at Texas A&M Graduation

PETA Pushes for End to Cruel Muscular Dystrophy Tests

For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2018

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

College Station, Texas – As graduates and their families arrive for Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) commencement ceremony on Friday, a “mad scientist” will stand in front of a banner proclaiming, “TAMU: Close Dog Torture Lab Now,” and reenact the school’s cruel canine muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments on a plush toy golden retriever.

When:    Friday, December 14, 8 a.m.

Where:    Main entrance to Reed Arena, 730 Olsen Blvd. (near the intersection with Recreation Center Drive), College Station

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—has released eyewitness video footage from TAMU’s laboratory where dogs are deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of canine MD that leaves them struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe.

“Texas A&M’s graduates are starting the next chapter in their lives, but for the terrified dogs in the school’s laboratories, there’s no escape,” says PETA Vice President Alka Chandna, Ph.D. “Decades of indefensible experiments haven’t produced a cure for muscular dystrophy, and PETA is calling for this cruel and ineffective laboratory to be shut down.”

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