‘Flock’ of Protesters to Take Aim at CSU Bird Experiments

PETA Members Will Alert New Students to School's Cruel and Worthless Tests on Wild Crows, Robins, and Sparrows

For Immediate Release:
August 21, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Fort Collins, Colo.What:    As incoming first-year students arrive for Colorado State University’s (CSU) new student convocation on Thursday, a group of PETA supporters will gather outside Moby Arena with signs proclaiming, “Curiosity Killed the Crows” and “CSU: Stop Tormenting Wild Birds.”

When:    Thursday, August 22, 4:30 p.m.

Where:    Moby Arena, 951 W. Plum St. (near the intersection with S. Shields Street), Fort Collins

The protesters will inform the new Rams that CSU experimenter Gregory Ebel captures American crows, American robins, and house sparrows for experiments in which they’re 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. 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 horrible deaths in experiments that aren’t even performed in order to develop a vaccine or cure for West Nile virus in birds or humans,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is asking the compassionate students of CSU to join us in calling for an end to these 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. For more information, please visit PETA.org or click here.


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