Ad in Student Paper Says LSU is ‘Hell’ for Wild Birds

PETA Pushes for End to Cruel Experiments on Wild-Caught Songbirds

For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Baton Rouge, La. – On the first day of classes in 2019 at Louisiana State University (LSU), readers of the student newspaper The Daily Reveille are getting an eyeful courtesy of PETA, which placed an ad in the paper that depicts blood dripping from a bird onto the pun “HELLSU.” The ad calls on students, staff, and administrators to help stop experimenter Christine Lattin from carrying out her plan to resume harmful, ineffective experiments on wild-caught birds at the school. PETA will also be placing similar ads on billboards in Baton Rouge in the coming weeks.

“For a decade, Christine Lattin has captured, physically harmed, terrified, and killed wild-caught birds in cruel experiments,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is rallying the LSU community to start the spring semester by rejecting this indefensible cruelty to animals.”

In studies that don’t apply to humans or even to other bird species, Lattin has caught sparrows and other wild birds and deliberately stressed them by wounding their legs, rattling their cages, and restraining them in cloth bags for 30 minutes at a time. She’s fed them crude oil mixed with feed and subjected them to injections that damaged their adrenal glands. After enduring these experiments, the birds were killed.

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