Texas A & M University (TAMU) have purposely bred dogs with a severe form of muscular dystrophy called Duchenne muscular dystrophy. For the last forty years scientists there have experimented on these poor helpless and very sick dogs.
Pamela Anderson wants to adopt each and every dog there saying the dogs are “at the top of my Christmas list.”
The dogs are purposely bred with muscular dystrophy which breaks down their muscles making walking progressively more difficult, their tongues also swell and give them difficulty with swallowing or breathing normally.
Recent undercover PETA footage shows emaciated dogs with ribs showing and drool flowing from their swollen mouths. Dogs were witnessed “frantically pacing and gnawing in frustration on the cage bars.”
“To gauge just how much a dog’s muscles have deteriorated, experimenters invented a crude technique that could pass for medieval torture: They repeatedly stretch them with a motorized lever in order to cause muscle tears,” says PETA on their website.
The TAMU dogs usually die around 7 to 9 years old after lives of immense suffering. Last November over 500 physicians took a stance against the testing telling the university to end the experiments as they were not applicable to humans anyway.
“As canine research has failed for decades to produce an effective treatment for patients suffering from this fatal disease, now is an opportune time for the board to insist that the university focus its resources on human-relevant research,” read a letter that was sent to TAMU Chancellor John Sharp.
There is hope though as this past September TAMU has said they will stop breeding dogs for their cruel experiments. Activists and celebrities continue to plead with the school to let the dogs go so they can live the rest of their lives peacefully.
“I’ve been a proud guardian of golden retrievers for many years,” Pamela Anderson said in a letter to TAMU President Michael K. Young. “My golden retriever Star was my beloved companion for 17 years, from the start of my career in Hollywood. He even sat with me on the ‘Baywatch’ set.”
She has had many rescued golden retrievers over the years and want to continue that.
“I’d like nothing more than to give the dogs still in your laboratory the same love and care that I’ve given my other dear companions. Please commit to ending Texas A&M’s muscular dystrophy experiments on precious golden retrievers and to releasing the remaining dogs in the laboratory for adoption. I’m ready to welcome them into my family,” Anderson writes.
“I’ve always opened my home to animals in need and hope to welcome these dogs soon. They’re at the top of my Christmas list.”