Paul McCartney asks Texas university to stop testing on dogs

Noted animal rights activist Paul McCartney implored a Texas university to end its purported use of dogs as laboratory test subjects.

In a letter published by PETA, McCartney asked Texas A<><><><><><><><>&M University President Michael Young to halt muscular dystrophy research with golden retrievers and release them for adoption./ppHis plea comes after PETA published footage that purportedly showed golden retrievers at a university lab. The dogs, PETA said, were bred with the canine muscular dystrophy gene and held in metal cells./ppMcCartney called the video “heartbreaking” and chastised Young for “allowing this cruelty.”/pp”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.'”/ppTexas A<><><><><><><><><><><><><>M University spokesperson Kelly Brown said the school was unable to comment because of pending lawsuits PETA has filed against it./ppThere’s currently not a cure for muscular dystrophy, the a href=”https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/muscular-dystrophy/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20375394″ target=”_blank”Mayo Clinic/a said./ppMcCartney, a long-time vegetarian, has partnered with PETA before to protest animal testing and meat production, which studies have shown a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/18/health/plant-based-diet-climate-change-food-drayer/index.html” target=”_blank”contributes to climate change/a./ppIn 2009, he founded a href=”https://www.meatfreemondays.com/about/” target=”_blank”Meat Free Monday/a, a nonprofit that encourages people to replace meat with at least one plant-based meal a week, with daughters Mary and Stella./p