Urge Téléthon to Stop Funding Cruel Experiments on Dogs!
Video footage reveals that behind closed doors at France's Alfort
National Veterinary School, dogs are deliberately bred to develop crippling muscle diseases.
The footage given to PETA France by the group Animal Testing reveals that the dogs struggle to walk, swallow, and even breathe.
Breeding Pain and Misery in a French Laboratory
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
characterised 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 agonising deaths before the age of 10 months.
The heart-breaking video footage shot inside a laboratory in Alfort shows dogs having difficulty swallowing, breathing, and walking as their muscles continue to weaken. Drool drips from the mouths of dogs whose jaw muscles have deteriorated.
One dog had so much difficulty eating and holding down his food because of the
progressive weakening of his oesophageal muscles that vomit covered his face.
Some dogs eventually lose their ability to eat and must then be fed through a stomach tube. Surviving dogs will develop heart problems as the disease attacks and weakens the cardiac muscle.
A laboratory employee admitted that the dogs suffer. He said,
"I wouldn't like to be in the beagle's place. The suffering is real."
Misery in Texas
Dogs endure similar misery at
Texas A&M University in the US. PETA US has revealed that experimenters led
by Joe Kornegay breed dogs to develop different types of MD, including DMD. Video
footage shows that appallingly thin dogs in Kornegay's facility were caged,
sometimes alone, in barren metal cells and struggled to swallow thin gruel—the
only food that they could eat, given how easily they could choke. Long ropes of
saliva hung from the mouths of those whose jaw muscles had weakened. Even
balancing was difficult for them. Dogs with this condition are also at great
risk for pneumonia because they can easily inhale liquid into their lungs.
Learn more about PETA US' campaign to urge
Texas A&M University to close its dog laboratories and redirect its
resources to humane research methods.
What have these painful experiments
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 MD 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 muscle diseases.
Cutting-edge techniques, such as utilising
stemscells from DMD patients to develop disease-specific cures, developing ways
to grow healthy human muscle cells that could be transplanted into patients
with MD, and creating human-relevant drug-screening platforms, have led to the
development of more promising therapies.
Téléthon: Helping or Hurting?
The experiments at Alfort National
Veterinary School are funded by the French charity AFM-Téléthon. However, a laboratory representative
admits that they could lose funding if the public were to see the condition of
"There's no question that
if we showed them our myopathic dogs, we would risk losing a lot of money."
As well they should.
You Can Help Stop This!
Please urge French charity AFM-Téléthon to stop funding these cruel
experiments on dogs and to support only modern, non-animal studies.