Proclaiming, ‘I Am Not a Test Tube,’ Defiant ‘Dog’ to Lead Protest at Texas A&M Board of Regents Meeting

PETA Supporters Will Urge University to Close Canine Muscular Dystrophy Laboratory

For Immediate Release:
August 7, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

College Station, Texas – Led by a protester in a giant dog costume, a pack of PETA supporters will descend on Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Board of Regents meeting on Thursday to urge Chancellor John Sharp and other board members to end the school’s muscular dystrophy (MD) tests on dogs, for which golden retrievers are deliberately bred to have a crippling form of MD that leaves them struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe. The action comes just weeks after the retirement of the longtime lead experimenter, Joe Kornegay.

When:    Thursday, August 8, 2 p.m.

Where:    Memorial Student Center, Bethancourt Ballroom 2300 D&E, 275 Joe Routt Blvd., College Station

“It’s unacceptable that vulnerable, trusting dogs are wasting away in agony ins ide barren metal cells and TAMU’s board is blithely disregarding their pain and suffering,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling on the school to shut down its shameful laboratory and finally send the surviving dogs to loving homes.”

PETA has released video footage taken inside TAMU’s laboratory and—along with MD patients and high-profile celebrities including Paul McCartney and Lily Tomlin—has pointed out that nearly 40 years of these experiments haven’t yielded a cure or a treatment that reverses symptoms of the disease in humans. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, the majority of Americans oppose the use of animals in experiments.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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