Paul McCartney has sent a letter to Texas A&M University (TAMU) President Michael K. Young calling for an end to experimentation on dogs at the university’s labs in the study of Muscle Dystrophy.
“The video footage of golden retrievers in your university’s dog laboratory is heartbreaking,” McCartney wrote after coming across a video detailing the experiences of the golden retrievers that are purposefully bred in the lab to be affected by Muscle Dystrophy.
The dogs struggle to walk, breathe, and even eat, as they are at a risk of choking on their food. The experiments, which have been carried out for nearly 40 years, have yet to provide solid results towards the goal of reversing the symptoms of the disease.
“I have had dogs since I was a boy and loved them all dearly, including Martha, who was my companion for about 15 years and about whom I wrote the song ‘Martha My Dear,'” McCartney wrote.
He added, “Please do the right thing by ending the suffering of dogs in TAMU’s muscular dystrophy laboratory and switching to modern research methods instead.”
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