LSU Board to Face Protest Over Cruel Tests on Birds and Dogs

PETA Demands That University Pull the Plug on Vile Experimentation Program

For Immediate Release:
March 19, 2019

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Baton Rouge, La. – On Wednesday, a flock of PETA supporters will descend on the Louisiana State University (LSU) Board of Supervisors meeting to call on the school to stop Assistant Professor Christine Lattin’s cruel and useless stress studies on birds—and to demand that LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine commit to never again purchasing live dogs and cats from animal shelters for use in deadly training exercises.

When:    Wednesday, March 20, 9–10 a.m.

Where:    LSU Office of the Board of Supervisors, 3810 W. Lakeshore Dr., Baton Rouge

“With cutting-edge research and teaching techniques widely available, LSU is ruining its own reputation by condoning archaic, irrelevant, curiosity-based torment of animals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on LSU to stand up for dogs, songbirds, and science by ending these horrific experiments.”

In studies whose results don’t apply to humans or even to other bird species, Lattin has wounded birds’ legs, frightened birds by rattling their cages, restrained them in cloth bags for 30 minutes at a time, fed them crude oil mixed with feed, and subjected them to injections that damaged their adrenal glands.

Last month, PETA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture following a whistleblower’s claim that LSU has been buying dogs from a Baton Rouge animal shelter for years—including 70 live ones in 2018 alone—for use in deadly experiments. After selling the dogs to the school, the shelter reportedly recorded that the animals had been “adopted.”

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

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