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A California-based animal rights group says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is setting a dangerous precedent by siding with Texas A&M, allowing the university to withhold information about animals use for testing and research, the Houston Chronicle reported
The reason? Veterinarian-patient privilege — or so says Paxton, to A&M's delight.
reported that 40 people requested daily care logs and records for cats and dogs used in animal research at the university.
"Almost every other state that has a veterinarian-patient statute says it does not apply to those working with the state," Jeremy Beckham, director of the Beagle Freedom Project
, an organization that tries to get animal research records at U.S. universities, told the newspaper, calling it a dangerous precedent.
Paxton, whose legacy may end up include a first-degree felony
, seems to stretch this veterinarian-patient privilege thing.
The animals are owned by the university and calling them patients doesn't seem that accurate.