Yale Experimenter’s Torment of Bird Prompts Board of Trustees Protest

PETA Will Call for an End to Christine Lattin's Cruel Chronic-Stress Experiments on Wild Songbirds

For Immediate Release:
October 6, 2017

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

New Haven, Conn.What:    As the members of the Yale Board of Trustees depart from their meeting on Saturday morning, a group of PETA supporters will be waiting outside with signs proclaiming, “At Yale, the Caged Bird Dies” and “Yale, Stop Tormenting Songbirds!”

When:    Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m.

Where:    Woodbridge Hall, 105 Wall St., New Haven

PETA notes that since 2008, first at Tufts University and then at Yale, experimenter Christine Lattin has caught sparrows, subjected them to injections to damage their adrenal glands chemically, inflicted wounds on their legs using a biopsy punch without painkillers, rattled their cages every two minutes, restrained them in a cloth bag, and fed them crude oil mixed with feed, among other procedures. The birds are then killed. Conservative estimates based on Lattin’s publications indicate that she has killed at least 250 birds over the past decade.

“Christine Lattin’s years of deliberately traumatizing wild sparrows to study stress makes one wonder if she pulled the wings off flies when she was a child,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “These cruel experiments are meaningless to conservation efforts, to humans, and to birds, and Yale trustees must end them immediately.”

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