Target: Michael K. Young, president of Texas A&M University
Goal: Stop funding of cruel and unnecessary experiments on dogs.
At a research lab at Texas A&M University, golden retrievers are bred with painful muscular dystrophy and spend their lives being experimented on. The puppies at this lab are born weak and sickly, and by the time they’re 6 weeks old, their hind legs have shifted forward, making walking painful. Many of the puppies can barely open their jaws, so they’re forced to eat a diet of thin gruel. To see how much the dogs’ muscles have deteriorated, researchers stretch their legs with a torturous motorized lever that causes painful muscle tears. Although these experiments have been going on for 30 years, they still have not led to a cure or even a better treatment for muscular dystrophy. All they’ve done is expose generations of dogs to a life of pain.
The dogs forced to perform in these experiments are reportedly also kept in horrid conditions. They allegedly spend their lives in small metal cages in concrete rooms, without even a blanket to cover the slats. The distressed dogs have been reported to pace back and forth and bite the bars of their cage.
Even after decades of experimentation, the studies using dogs have produced no results that can help people with muscular dystrophy. Instead of funding cruel experiments, Texas A&M should try studying promising non-animal therapies, such as transplanting healthy muscle cells into the muscles of patients with muscular dystrophy. Sign this petition to urge Texas A&M to stop experimenting on dogs, and instead, focus on treatments that do not require animal experimentation.
Dear Mr. Young,
Golden retrievers used in the muscular dystrophy experiments at your university face a lifetime of pain and misery. The dogs are born weak and sickly, and they can barely open their jaws or walk. To test how much their muscles have deteriorated, a motorized lever is used to cause painful muscle tears. After being experimented on all day, the dogs go home to small metal cages that do not even have blankets.
These experiments have been going on for 30 years, but they have not produced any results that can help people who have muscular dystrophy. They haven’t even helped researchers discover better treatment options. There are many cutting-edge, non-animal therapies that are much more promising, including transplanting healthy muscle cells into patients with muscular dystrophy.
For the good of the golden retrievers who spend their short and miserable lives trapped in cages, I urge you stop experimenting on dogs. Please shut down the cruel muscular dystrophy research program, and instead, fund non-animal therapies that are much more promising.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Karen Arnold