CSU Board Meeting to Draw Protest Over Deadly Bird Experiments

PETA Members Will Demand End to School's Cruel and Worthless Tests on Wild Crows, Robins, and Sparrows

For Immediate Release:
December 4, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Denver, Colo. – Armed with signs proclaiming, “Evil Ebel Kills Crows,” a group of PETA supporters will attend Colorado State University’s (CSU) board meeting on Thursday and demand an end to CSU experimenter Gregory Ebel’s deadly tests on birds.

When:    Thursday, December 5, 8:45 a.m.

Where:    CSU Denver Center, 475 17th St. (near Glenarm Place), Denver

In Ebel’s experiments, American crows, American robins, and house sparrows trapped from their homes in the wild are infected with West Nile virus and killed. Infected birds develop a fever and anorexia and have difficulty controlling their bodily movements. Some species—including crows—experience systemic infections followed by multiple organ failure and death. In response to a PETA complaint, Colorado Parks and Wildlife cited and fined Ebel and suspended his license after he trapped 37 American crows last year without the required state permit.

“For years, wild birds have experienced painful and prolonged deaths at CSU in experiments that don’t even purport to seek a vaccine or cure for West Nile virus in birds or humans,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is asking the Board of Governors to remove this stain on CSU’s reputation and end these shameful, pointless, and cruel experiments.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.

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