As LSU students and faculty convene for the second day of the fall semester, PETA protesters are demanding that one of the university’s new professor’s change her study practices.
Newly appointed Louisiana State University (LSU) professor Christine Lattin studies the psychological effects of stress on songbirds.
However, the People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA) believe her research methods have no benefit to human health and insist that she finds a new tune to sing.
“She lures wild birds to feeders and then traps them and subjects them to a bunch of cruel tests,” said PETA representative Katerina Davidovich.
“If they care about cutting edge technology and ethical science and animals, then they need to put an end to these tests immediately.”
According to Lattin’s website, the focus of her research is to understand how neurotransmitters and hormones help animals survive.
Lattin began her research at Yale and Tufts University and plans to continue her careful analysis at LSU. Her research is legal.
LSU released the following statement regarding Lattin’s studies:
Her study animals are invasive house sparrows, which are ubiquitous and have invaded new habitats around the world. Her research complies with all existing laws and regulations and the Ornithological Council’s Guidelines for the Use of Wild Birds in Research.”
Protesters would like for LSU President F. King Alexander to annul Professor Lattin’s experiments once and for all.
For now, Lattin’s experimental song will continue to play.