Target: Michael K. Young, President of Texas A&M University
Goal: Stop using golden retrievers in medical tests.
Researchers at Texas A&M University, led by doctor of veterinary medicine Joe Kornegay, are testing the effects of muscular dystrophy on golden retrievers by breeding them to have the disease. The dogs’ muscles become so wasted that they have difficulties walking and even eating, forcing them to subsist on thin gruel. Unable to control their motor functions, they often have long strings of saliva coming from their mouths, and because of their lack of muscle control, they are particularly susceptible to choking on their food.
Not only must the dogs suffer the effects of their condition, they are forced to undergo a process in which a motorized lever tears their muscles, which is extremely painful. The dogs are then left alone to suffer in solitude in metal cages without even blankets or beds to provide a minimal level of comfort, deprived of human and animal contact.
Kornegay and his colleagues have been conducting these experiments for more than 30 years, but no cure or treatment has even been developed from the studies. Generations of golden retrievers have suffered in the name of science for nothing. By signing this petition, you will help urge Texas A&M President Michael K. Young to end the animal cruelty taking place in the school’s laboratories.
Dear President Michael K. Young,
Golden retrievers in the laboratories at your university are currently suffering appalling conditions under the supervision of Dr. Joe Kornegay. The dogs are bred to have muscular dystrophy, and are then subjected to painful tests, cruelty, and neglect. The retrievers are often so weak that they have difficulties walking and even eating. They are only given thin gruel to eat because as the disease progresses, it becomes incredibly easy for them to choke. Strands of saliva hang from their mouths as their jaws become too weak to close.
Not only do the dogs undergo months or years of physical pain, including being subjected to a motorized lever designed to tear their muscles, they are often placed in cages alone, without contact with their fellow subjects. Many of the retrievers are left without even a blanket to comfort them.
Kornegay has been using these methods of experimentation for over 30 years, but no treatments or cures for veterinary muscular dystrophy have been developed. Currently, there is no end to this animal suffering in sight. Please take a stand against the cruelty occurring in your school’s laboratories by demanding that Joe Kornegay and his colleagues stop their cruel tests on golden retrievers.
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