CSU President to Face Protest Over Illegal, Deadly Crow Experiments

PETA Members Will Urge Board of Governors to Pull the Plug on Cruel and Worthless Tests on Wild Birds

For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Fort Collins, Colo. – On Tuesday, a group of PETA supporters will descend on a meeting of the Colorado State University (CSU) Board of Governors to call on CSU President Tony Frank to stop the school’s cruel West Nile virus experiments on wild birds.

When:    Tuesday, May 7, 8 a.m.

Where:    Translational Medicine Institute, Grand Event Ballroom, 2350 Gillette Dr., Fort Collins

In response to a PETA complaint, Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently cited and fined CSU experimenter Gregory Ebel and suspended his license after he trapped 37 American crows last year without the required state permit. In 2017, Ebel captured 132 American crows and 168 American robins for his experiments, in which birds are infected with West Nile virus and killed. The 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.

PETA is also unveiling four outdoor signs on the CSU campus targeting Ebel’s worthless experiments.

“Hundreds of wild birds have suffered and died in horrible ways in experiments that don’t even claim to seek to develop a vaccine or cure for West Nile virus in birds or humans,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is calling on CSU to pull the plug on these pointless and cruel experiments immediately.”

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

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