PETA to Protest to New Texas A&M Interim President Over Dog Experiments

For Immediate Release:
February 3, 2021

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

College Station, Texas – A giant “golden retriever” will lead PETA supporters in a spirited, socially distanced protest during the open session of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, demanding that the interim president, John L. Junkins, end the school’s canine muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments. Following the protest, PETA supporters will plaster “LOST DOG” flyers across campus to call attention to the dozens of dogs killed in Texas A&M’s lab.

When:    Thursday, February 4, 12:45 p.m.

Where:    Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, 177 Joe Routt Blvd. (at the intersection with Wellborn Road), College Station

“Texas A&M had to end its dog-breeding program, thanks to PETA’s exposés, but 21 wonderful dogs who crave love remain locked inside barren concrete cages in its laboratory,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “The school’s new interim president has an opportunity to champion dogs by shutting down this lab, adopting out the animals, and investing in humane, modern research.”

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. The lab, which has operated for nearly 40 years, has not produced a cure or a treatment to reverse MD symptoms in humans.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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