Actress Lily Tomlin, in a recorded phone message sent Monday, urged more than 5,000 Texas A&M University staff members to call for an end to medical experiments on dogs, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 

In the message, which was recorded for PETA, Tomlin said that Texas A&M "deliberately" breeds Golden Retrievers and other dogs to "have a debilitating form of canine muscular dystrophy" and that the dogs die "premature and agonizing deaths." Tomlin urged university staff members to call or email Texas A&M President Michael Young and oppose the experiments.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, a Texas A&M spokesman said in response to Tomlin’s message:

"We know for a fact that the animals are treated with the utmost dignity and care for the heroes that they are in helping to find a cure for this dreadful disease that affects both dogs and humans."

In the phone message, Tomlin said the experiments have yielded no cure or treatment for muscular dystrophy. The Texas A&M spokesman told the Hollywood Reporter that the research had "reached a milestone with a gene-therapy treatment moving to human clinical trials in December."

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