Bird Tormenter’s LSU Gig to Prompt High-Octane PETA Protest

Protesters Will Call On School to Pull the Plug on New Prof's Cruel Experiments on Wild Songbirds

For Immediate Release:
August 20, 2018

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Baton Rouge, La.What:    As students and faculty report for the second day of the fall semester at Louisiana State University (LSU) on Tuesday, a flock of PETA supporters will descend on the campus to protest Assistant Professor Christine Lattin’s cruel, useless, and traumatizing chronic-stress studies on birds. The new peta2 LSU Campus Rep will be among the people in attendance.

When:    Tuesday, August 21, 12 noon

Where:    310 LSU Student Union (at the intersection with Tower Drive), Baton Rouge

Since 2008 and at various universities, Lattin has caught wild sparrows and other birds and subjected them to injections that damage their adrenal glands, inflicted wounds on their legs, rattled their cages every two minutes and restrained them in a cloth bag to frighten them, and fed them crude oil mixed with feed, among other procedures. After enduring the experiments, the birds were killed. The results of these “studies” don’t apply to humans or even to other bird species.

“Christine Lattin is new to LSU this year, but she appears to be up to her old tricks, tormenting and killing sparrows behind laboratory doors in meaningless tests,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling on the university to prevent this experimenter from abusing any more wild birds.”

PETA points out that conservative estimates based on Lattin’s own publications indicate that she has killed at least 250 birds over the past decade.

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