Yale Experimenter’s Bird Torture Prompts Conference Protest

PETA Will Call On Christine Lattin to End Cruel Chronic-Stress Experiments on Wild Songbirds

For Immediate Release:
June 13, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Los AngelesWhat:    As Yale University postdoctoral student Christine Lattin presents her work at the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology conference in Long Beach on Wednesday, PETA members will gather outside with signs proclaiming, “Christine Lattin: Stop Torturing Birds” and “It’s Cruelty, Not Science.”

When:    Wednesday, June 14, 2:45 p.m.

Where:    788 Queensway Dr. (near the intersection with Harbor Plaza), Long Beach

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—notes that since 2008, Lattin has trapped wild songbirds and forced them to endure painful and traumatizing procedures in chronic-stress studies. She has subjected sparrows and other birds to injections to destroy their adrenal glands chemically, she inflicted wounds on birds’ legs using a biopsy punch and without painkillers, she’s rattled their cages every two minutes and restrained them in a cloth bag, and she has fed crude oil mixed with feed to sparrows, among other procedures. At the experiments’ end, the birds were killed.

“For years, Christine Lattin has been killing and traumatizing wild birds in experiments that are meaningless to conservation efforts, to humans, and even to birds, since species vary widely in their physiological responses to chronic stress,” says PETA Chief of Laboratory Case Management Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is calling on Yale University to shut down Lattin’s cruel laboratory.”


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