Target: Claudene Marshall, the Custodian of Records at Texas A&M
Goal: Stop withholding information on animal testing subjects at Texas A&M.
Texas A&M is refusing to release information about dogs in public-funded experiments, most likely due to the public scrutiny they would no doubt face after releasing details of the cruel experiments and treatment the dogs receive. Texas A&M claims that is has a right to not release the information, arguing that the information is protected by veterinarian-client privilege.
Organizations like The Beagle Freedom Project (a nonprofit based in California) are suing Texas A&M over this withholding of information and state that Texas A&M is violating the Texas Public Information Act by not releasing the information to the public. Taxpayers have the right to know how their money is being used to conduct testing on animals and Texas A&M knows that their information will look bad to the public, so they refuse to release it.
However, Texas A&M is able to refuse demands to release information by hiding under the veterinarian/client privilege claim, which was originally intended for family pets and not lab experiment animals.
The Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) strives to provide homes for dogs used in experiments, which is why they originally requested the information from Texas A&M. This information helps place the dogs in homes after their days of being subjected to horrible animal testing experiments is over. Most universities and facilities have been compliant with their lawful requests, but A&M refuses to budge.
It is disgusting that Texas A&M is withholding this information and avoiding transparency over their animal testing experiments. This refusal makes their experiments more shady and they need to fork over this information immediately. Please sign the petition below to demand that Texas A&M be more transparent when it comes to animal testing information.
Dear Mrs. Claudene Marshall,
I am deeply disappointed to hear that you are refusing to release information about animal experiments at Texas A&M to the public, who have a right to know where their money is going. The request by The Beagle Freedom Project to release this information is not unreasonable and helps place dogs into homes after their days of lab experimentation are over.
Not only does this not help dogs who have suffered cruel lives in laboratories find happiness in future homes, it is also a disservice to taxpayers who deserve to know exactly how their money is being used. Withholding this information only makes Texas A&M look worse because many other universities have willingly released such information.
I urge you to do the right thing and release this information to the public. It will help these poor dogs become adopted into proper homes and give them better lives. Transparency is something that every university should strive for and I think Texas A&M is no exception.
[Your Name Here]
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