Protesters to Visit Homes of CSU President, CSU Experimenter

PETA Supporters Will Call For End to Gregory Ebel's Torment of Wild Birds in West Nile Virus Studies

For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Fort Collins, Colo. – Carrying signs proclaiming, “Your Neighbor Torments Animals” and “Animals Abused at CSU Never Go Home,” PETA supporters will peacefully gather outside the homes of Colorado State University (CSU) experimenter Gregory Ebel and CSU President Joyce McConnell in Fort Collins on Saturday and call for an end to Ebel’s deadly experiments on crows, robins, and sparrows.

Ebel traps the birds in the wild, infects them with West Nile virus, and kills them. 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.

“Ebel and McConnell can go home every night, but the birds enduring prolonged deaths at CSU will never again return to their homes in the wild,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is calling on the school to end these pointless and cruel experiments, which don’t even purport to seek a vaccine or cure for West Nile virus in birds or humans.”

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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