LSU Board Meeting to Prompt Protest

PETA Will Urge University President to Pull the Plug on Christine Lattin's Cruel Chronic-Stress Experiments on Wild Songbirds

For Immediate Release:
December 6, 2018

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Baton Rouge, La. – On Friday, PETA supporters will hold a demonstration at Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Board of Supervisors meeting to pressure board members and LSU President F. King Alexander to shut down Assistant Professor Christine Lattin’s traumatizing and irrelevant chronic-stress tests on birds.

When:    Friday, December 7, 12:45 p.m.

Where:    LSU Administration Building, 3810 W. Lakeshore Dr. (at the intersection with Isaac Cline Drive), Baton Rouge

Since 2008 at various universities, Lattin has subjected wild-caught sparrows and other birds to injections in order to damage their adrenal glands chemically, inflicted wounds on birds’ legs using a biopsy punch (without giving them any painkillers), rattled their cages every two minutes and restrained them in a cloth bag to cause them fear and anxiety, and mixed crude oil into their food. At the end of the experiments, the birds were killed.

“Anyone with a heart should be horrified that the wild-caught songbirds Christine Lattin treats like test tubes will never again breathe fresh air or spread their wings,” says PETA veterinarian Dr. Ingrid Taylor. “PETA is calling on LSU’s top brass to stop allowing her to torment birds on their watch.”

PETA notes that bird species vary widely in their physiological responses to chronic stress, making Lattin’s tests meaningless to birds, conservation efforts, and humans alike.

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