For Immediate Release:
November 11, 2020
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
College Station, Texas – Tomorrow, a giant costumed “golden retriever” will lead PETA supporters in a spirited, socially distanced protest at the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents meeting to call for the end of the school’s canine muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments on dogs.
When: Thursday, November 12, 12:30 p.m.
Where: 177 Joe Routt Blvd. (near Wellborn Road), College Station
“Texas A&M regents are charged with promoting research that benefits the nation, not imprisoning sick dogs,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “The regents need to shut down this despicable laboratory and let these dogs be adopted into loving homes right now.”
Video footage released by PETA shows golden retrievers and other dogs at Texas A&M who were deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of canine MD struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe. Under pressure from PETA supporters, 500 physicians, and people with MD, the university stopped breeding dogs to develop the disease. The lead experimenter has retired, and many of the nearly 100 dogs were adopted into homes—but the laboratory still keeps 25 dogs imprisoned there.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.