Protesters to Keep Dogs’ Suffering in the Spotlight at Texas A&M Board Meeting

PETA Supporters Will Descend on University Board Meeting to Demand an End to Shameful, Wasteful Muscular Dystrophy Tests on Dogs

For Immediate Release:
February 7, 2018

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

College Station, TexasWhat:    PETA supporters will descend on Thursday’s Texas A&M University (TAMU) board meeting—which will be attended by both Chancellor John Sharp and President Michael Young—with signs proclaiming, “Michael Young: Stop Cruel Muscular Dystrophy Experiments on Dogs,” “Texas A&M: Close Cruel Dog Labs,” and “Sit. Stay. Beg for Mercy.”

When:    Thursday, February 8, 1:30 p.m.

Where:    Bethancourt Ballroom, Memorial Student Center, 275 Joe Routt Blvd., Ste. 2240, College Station

PETA obtained video footage from inside TAMU’s laboratories, which shows golden retrievers deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of muscular dystrophy. As the disease ravages their bodies, they struggle to walk, swallow, and even breathe. Those who don’t exhibit symptoms but carry the gene for the disease are used for breeding. Dogs frantically pace on the hard slatted floors and bite the bars of the small cages to which they are confined for their entire lives.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. “Four decades of these indefensibly cruel experiments have not helped anyone with muscular dystrophy. It’s time for the university to stop.”

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