PETA ‘Golden Retriever’ to Crash Texas A&M Board Meeting

For Immediate Release:
August 24, 2021

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Bryan, Texas – Leading a litter of PETA supporters, a “golden retriever” mascot will hound Texas A&M University board members at the regents meeting on Thursday, calling for the release of the 19 dogs from the school’s notorious canine muscular dystrophy (MD) laboratory who are still imprisoned by the university. The group asks that Texas A&M President M. Katherine Banks place the remaining dogs in loving homes and redirect funds toward modern, humane research.

When:    Thursday, August 26, 1 p.m.

Where:    CIR Building, Rms. 1107–1109, 1041 RELLIS Pkwy., Bryan

“Texas A&M’s controversial and failed canine muscular dystrophy experiments have killed dozens of sweet, gentle dogs without a single cure to show for all these years of pain and terror,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Thanks to PETA’s exposés, Texas A&M had to end its dog-breeding program, and now, it should release the 19 love-starved dogs who remain in barren cages.”

Since PETA first exposed the suffering of the dogs in the laboratory—and under pressure from 500 physicians and humans with MD—Texas A&M has stopped breeding dogs to develop the disease. Many of the nearly 100 dogs have been adopted into homes. Recent records show that the 19 remaining animals aren’t being used in any study. Two of the MD-affected dogs, Garen and Grinch, were euthanized in March and May, respectively, after a lifetime of misery in Texas A&M’s laboratory.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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