Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill rebukes Texas A&M’s medical experiments on dogs

Ryan Tannehill is speaking out against his alma mater. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill doesn’t take many public stances, but he chose to speak up against what he sees as animal cruelty by his alma mater.

As part of PETA’s campaign to stop Texas A&M’s muscular dystrophy experiments on dogs, the organization released a strongly worded letter from Tannehill today calling for the school to halt the program. Tannehill referenced a troubling video of the dogs that circulated late last year.

“Muscular dystrophy is indeed a terrible disease, and there’s no question that a cure must be found,” Tannehill wrote in a letter addressed to university president Michael K. Young. “But subjecting trusting dogs to a shortened lifetime of difficulty, pain, and loneliness is not the way to do it. This cruelty is completely unjustified. Texas A&M’s years of experiments on dogs have not led to a cure or even to an effective treatment. It’s time to reject this failed approach and to put resources into better methods now being used elsewhere.”

Tannehill, a dog owner, grew up in Texas and attended A&M from 2007 through ’11 before the Dolphins drafted him eighth overall. He has been their starting quarterback since 2012.

According to PETA, the dogs are intentionally bred to develop muscular dystrophy for testing purposes and are subjected to difficulty walking, swallowing and breathing because of it.

The university’s school of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences put out a statement in December supporting the need for such research and saying that the dogs “are treated with the utmost respect and exceptional care.

“The facility built for this research is state-of-the-art,” the statement read. “Our work is shared not only nationally but globally with the goal of fidning a cure for this dreadful disease in both children and dogs worldwide. We are proud of our care team, facility and work in support of this endeavor.”

Below is the full text of Tannehill’s letter being circulated by PETA. The Dolphins confirmed this afternoon that it was from Tannehill:

Michael K. Young
President
Texas A&M University

Dear President Young,

I’m writing to you as one of the many people who have seen this heartbreaking footage released by PETA showing the conditions of golden retrievers and other dogs at Texas A&M’s canine muscular dystrophy laboratory. As a dog lover and as an alumnus of your university, I implore you to make the compassionate decision to call for an end to the experiments, stop breeding these dogs, and release them for adoption.

The images from that video will never leave my mind. Muscular dystrophy is indeed a terrible disease, and there’s no question that a cure must be found. But subjecting trusting dogs to a shortened lifetime of difficulty, pain, and loneliness is not the way to do it. This cruelty is completely unjustified. Texas A&M’s years of experiments on dogs have not led to a cure or even to an effective treatment. It’s time to reject this failed approach and to put resources into better methods now being used elsewhere.

Please put a stop to this cruel and fruitless work and adopt these dogs out to compassionate families who will give them all the care and attention that they deserve for the remainder of their lives. Thank you for your attention to this crucial matter.

Sincerely,
Ryan Tannehill

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