An undercover investigation has revealed an appalling situation for dogs held at a medical research lab. The sad situation was revealed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Thursday. The release from the organization outlines the situation:
Video footage obtained by PETA reveals that behind closed doors at Texas A&M University, dogs deliberately bred to develop crippling muscle diseases struggled to walk and swallow. Experimenters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Missouri also engage in this shameful practice in which colonies of dogs are bred to suffer from progressive muscular degeneration. Video footage given to PETA France by the group Animal Testing shows that the same misery is being endured by dogs at France’s Alfort National Veterinary School.
The video footage is difficult to watch – the dogs are shown drooling, heads down, struggling to walk. PETA described what happens to the dogs who are bred with the genetic condition:
The dogs are genetically prone to different types of muscular dystrophy (MD), including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), which is particularly severe. These diseases ravage their bodies and are characterized by progressive muscle wasting and weakness. Most dogs never reach adulthood. Some are completely crippled before they even reach 6 months old, and half endure agonizing deaths before the age of 10 months.
According to PETA, years of research on the dogs has done little, if anything, to help people suffering from muscular dystrophy. PETA stated:
After decades of testing on generations of debilitated and suffering dogs, there is still no cure or treatment to reverse the course of this terrible disease in humans. So children afflicted with DMD continue to suffer. Analysis of muscular dystrophy studies using dogs has shown that there are serious pitfalls when trying to apply those results to humans. In fact, there are even studies that have produced the opposite results in humans. There are better ways to help patients with MD.
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