All animals feel pain and fear, just as humans do, and their overwhelming natural instincts are to be free and to protect their own lives. Yet millions of rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, and other animals are locked inside laboratories, facing horrifying procedures that can leave them in severe pain and cause them psychological distress.

When they’re no longer needed for an experiment or are too weak to continue, they’re usually killed and disposed of like expendable laboratory equipment.

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Urge Téléthon to Stop Funding Cruel Experiments on Dogs

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To: AFM-Téléthon
I just watched video footage of dogs being used in muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments suffering out of public view at the Alfort National Veterinary School.

It was distressing to see these young animals struggling to walk and even breathe. Vomit covered the face of one dog who could not hold down his food. Drool dripped from the mouths of other dogs whose jaw muscles had weakened.

I understand that some dogs eventually must be fed through a stomach tube and the dogs who survive long enough will develop heart problems as the disease attacks the cardiac muscle.

I applaud Téléthon's goal of helping find a cure for MD in humans. But funding studies on dogs is a misguided effort that wastes precious time and money. Despite decades of testing, these studies have failed to produce a proven cure or effective intervention.

There are far better ways to help MD patients. I strongly urge Téléthon to stop funding Alfort's dog experiments and instead to use your donations effectively: support promising, modern therapies such as transplantation of healthy muscle cells into patients with muscular dystrophy.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

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