PETA Supporters Protest Bird Experiments at Yale, and You Should, Too

Published by Zachary Toliver.

The “work” of Christine Lattin—who for nearly a decade has been trapping wild songbirds and subjecting them to painful and traumatizing chronic-stress studies—is receiving some much-deserved opposition.

PETA supporters holding signs proclaiming, “Christine Lattin Kills Sparrows in Cruel Tests,” protested at a busy intersection near Yale University’s campus to denounce the postdoctoral student’s abuse of birds.

It’s Cruelty, Not Science

Since 2008, Lattin has been tormenting and killing wild birds in experiments that are meaningless to conservation efforts, to humans, and even to other birds, since species vary widely in their physiological responses to chronic stress.

Published papers and records show that some of Lattin’s tests have included injecting sparrows and other birds with chemicals to destroy their adrenal glands, using a biopsy punch to inflict wounds on birds’ legs without painkillers, rattling birds’ cages, and feeding sparrows crude oil–laced food. At the experiments’ end, the birds were killed.

Last month, PETA supporters rallied outside a Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology conference in Long Beach, California, where Lattin was presenting her work.

PETA has also filed a complaint with the district attorney in Massachusetts (the state where Lattin began her experiments) requesting that cruelty charges be filed against the experimenter for the unjustifiable traumatizing and killing.

Don’t Allow This Senseless Cruelty to Fly

PETA is calling on Yale University to shut down Lattin’s sick little laboratory. Please add your voice to the conversation and urge the school to stop supporting these experiments.

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