BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The 19th Judicial Court of East Baton Rouge Parish has ordered Louisiana State University (LSU) to pay $73,501.27 in fees and costs to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), according to the animal rights organization.

The organization says it filed a lawsuit in December of 2020 after LSU refused to release public documents regarding LSU experimenter Christine Lattin’s veterinary records. PETA claims Lattin’s experiments involved trapping sparrows, inducing sex hormones into the sparrow’s bodies, and killing them.

According to PETA, after the lawsuit was filed, LSU released select files before the university was court-ordered to release them all in January 2022.

“This court recognizes the importance of the Louisiana public records law, which LSU has attempted to evade,” says PETA Foundation General Counsel Lori Kettler. “The public has the right to know how its funds are spent by public institutions and PETA has made sure LSU can’t hide its atrocities.”

BRProud reached out to LSU and a university spokesperson replied that LSU has appealed the decision.