Huge Progress: Texas A&M Stops Breeding Dogs With Muscular Dystrophy

Posted by on September 18, 2019 | Permalink

Fantastic news! After two and a half years of campaigning by PETA US and pressure from hundreds of thousands of people, Texas A&M University (TAMU) is shutting down its dog-breeding programme. The institution will stop deliberately breeding dogs to develop muscular dystrophy (MD) – a crippling, painful, and irreversible disease.

This huge success comes after a PETA US campaign in which the group held eye-catching demonstrations against the university’s cruel experiments on dogs, celebrities spoke out, protesters disrupted American football games and public meetings, and much more.

Johnathon Byrne, a PETA supporter from the UK who has MD and uses a wheelchair at all times, even travelled to the US to ask the university to stop abusing dogs. He was illegally detained and harassed by TAMU representatives for simply asking to see the dogs, which compelled him to file a lawsuit against the university.

TAMU has also been caught blatantly lying about breeding dogs. The university issued statements insisting that the dogs were “already affected [by canine MD]”, despite the indisputable evidence that PETA US had collected from the former lead experimenter’s own publications as well as documents from the university itself.

During the period when university representatives were stating that they weren’t breeding dogs to suffer from the devastating muscle disease, as many as 100 puppies were born in the campus laboratory.

PETA US is now urging TAMU to close its dog laboratory, release all the dogs for adoption into good homes, and redirect its resources into humane and effective research methods.

Help Dogs Bred to Develop Crippling Muscle Diseases

Dogs should never have to suffer at the hands of experimenters. PETA is urging French charity AFM-Téléthon to stop funding experiments in which golden retrievers are bred to develop MD.

Please sign our petition urging the charity to stop funding these cruel experiments on dogs and to support only modern, non-animal studies: