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Update: September 13, 2019
Huge progress! Following intense pressure from PETA, 500 physicians, many scientists, a number of celebrities, muscular dystrophy (MD) patients, and hundreds of thousands of activists, the canine MD laboratory at Texas A&M University (TAMU) has stopped breeding dogs to develop the crippling disease.
The university has also been caught blatantly lying about its breeding program. TAMU issued statements insisting that the dogs in this lab were "already affected" by canine MD, despite indisputable evidence to the contrary in publications authored by the laboratory's former lead experimenter as well as documents from the university itself. Records show that as many as 100 puppies have been born into imprisonment in the laboratory since PETA launched its campaign in December 2016—all doomed to die shortly after birth or to endure a lifetime with the painful, debilitating symptoms of the illness.
There are still dogs suffering in this notorious laboratory, so we need to keep the pressure on. Please take action below to urge Peter P. Nghiem, who now runs the lab, to shut it down and release all the dogs there for adoption into good homes.
Peter P. Nghiem—a Texas A&M University (TAMU) animal tormentor and underling of notorious experimenter Joe Kornegay—has taken over as the new King of Pain at the school's muscular dystrophy (MD) dog laboratory now that Kornegay has retired.
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Jelly, shown here in an article about Kornegay’s experiments, suffered from damaged ligaments and weakened muscles after developing muscular dystrophy. He used her and other dogs to search for pharmacologic therapies for the disease—an effort that has failed so far.
Kornegay tapped Nghiem, an associate professor at TAMU's College of Veterinary Medicine, to take the helm of his program following a nearly 40-year failure to produce a single treatment that reverses symptoms of MD in humans, despite intentionally crippling and killing hundreds of dogs who've endured unimaginable pain in useless experiments.
Dogs in the laboratory that Nghiem has taken over are intentionally bred to have a form of MD similar to—but not the same as—the type that afflicts humans. Video footage shows horribly thin dogs in barren cages, sometimes alone, struggling to swallow thin gruel—the only food that they can eat, given how easily they could choke. Long ropes of saliva hang from the mouths of those whose jaw muscles have weakened.
All this pain is for nothing. It's time it stopped.
Please sign the petition today to urge Nghiem to discontinue the horror at the TAMU MD dog lab.