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STOP AD-GAG: U.S. Court denies university’s ban of adverts showing dogs used in horrific experiments

Texas A&M University has shown that it will go to just about any length to silence animal rights activists who want to help dogs suffering, but we have a First Amendment right to speak up for these dogs.

PETA: In a first-of-its kind ruling within the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has denied Texas A&M University’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit that PETA filed against it. The litigation challenges Texas A&M Vice President of Brand Development Shane Hinckley’s refusal to allow PETA to place an ad on the school’s buses showing a dog used in Texas A&M’s canine muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments.

Hinckley claimed that the ad violated Texas A&M’s advertising standards prohibiting ads that contain “political campaigns and viewpoints or endorsements”—but today’s court decision allows the case to move forward so that PETA can prove that this ban on “political” speech is unreasonable…

PETA is asking the court to declare that the school’s policy prohibiting “political” advertisements is vague and discriminates against the group’s viewpoint in violation of the First Amendment. PETA may now proceed to discovery to collect evidence from Texas A&M (where 21 dogs—at least 11 of whom are perfectly healthy—are still being warehoused)…

From censoring Facebook and YouTube comments to banning a man with muscular dystrophy (MD) from campus to now refusing to run an advertisement showing a dog in its laboratory, Texas A&M University (TAMU) has shown that it will go to just about any length to silence animal rights activists who want to help dogs suffering on the school’s campus. But we have a First Amendment right to speak up for these dogs, which is why we’re suing TAMU—again—for censoring free speech…

MD experiments on dogs have gone on for 40 years without producing a cure for MD in humans. Under pressure from our supporters, 500 physicians, and humans with MD, TAMU stopped breeding dogs to develop the disease. The lead experimenter has retired, and many of the nearly 100 dogs have been adopted into homes—but the laboratory still keeps 25 dogs imprisoned there. PETA has repeatedly offered to take all the dogs still imprisoned by TAMU and place them in good homes. SOURCE…

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