UPDATE: Birds of Louisiana, beware. Notorious bird experimenter Christine Lattin is starting in a new position at Louisiana State University (LSU). The good news is that Yale University didn't keep her on after her post-doc ended. Thank you all for your more than 140,000 e-mails to Yale!
Now that Lattin is moving to a new university, she has the opportunity to make a fresh and kind start by conducting research without harming and exploiting birds. Please use the form below to urge Louisiana State University to prevent Christine Lattin from capturing and tormenting birds.
First at Tufts University and then at Yale University, unsuspecting birds who have been lured to feeders and trapped or netted are being systematically tormented to induce stress and fear. Why? For experiments whose results won't apply to humans or even to other bird species.
Lattin has been tormenting birds in these experiments since 2008, including by confining them to a cloth bag, rolling them around on a cart (a disorienting and terrifying experience for these already-frightened animals), and restraining them for 30 minutes at a time, four times a day. Some birds were fed crude oil, and others' legs were wounded without any pain relief. After weeks and sometimes months of repeated abuse, they're then killed. Not only are the experiments extremely cruel, they're also wasteful because important physiological differences between species make the results inapplicable to humans or other birds. Unsurprisingly, Lattin doesn't like that her cruel and pointless experiments are being exposed, and she's working overtime to mislead the public about them. Read her comments and PETA's responses here.
Lattin is now at Louisiana State University (LSU). Please use the form below to urge LSU to never allow these experiments on its campus.
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