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Help Birds Used in Experiments
More than 100 million animals suffer and die in U.S. laboratories every year. They’re sickened in cruel chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics tests and subjected to unimaginable violence in curiosity-driven experiments. Mice and rats aren’t the only animals who are used in this way—you may be surprised to learn that many birds are also tormented and killed in painful and useless tests. Owls, crows, robins, and other kinds of birds are suffering in laboratories right now. From this page, you’ll be able to complete multiple PETA action alerts to help birds used in experiments.
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Experiments on Birds Are Bad Science
Experimenters at Colorado State University are using our tax dollars to trap American crows, American robins, and house sparrows; infect them with West Nile virus; watch as they develop symptoms of the infection; subject them to multiple blood draws; and kill them. Thirteen years of these cruel West Nile virus tests have failed to develop a cure, a vaccine, or any clinical treatments for the disease—either for birds or for humans.
In experiments performed at Yale University, highly social songbirds were caught and locked inside barren cages all alone. They were restrained in cloth bags for 30 minutes at a time to induce acute stress, given painful injections, and further stressed when forced to undergo anesthesia, which involved additional restraint and injections. Wild animals, who aren’t used to being handled, are particularly sensitive to the distressing and disorienting effects of anesthesia. Eventually, the birds were killed. Not only are these experiments extremely cruel, they’re also wasteful, because important physiological differences among species make the results inapplicable to humans or even other birds.
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Documents obtained by PETA reveal that a Johns Hopkins experimenter cuts into the skulls of barn owls, inserts electrodes into their brains, forces them to look at screens for hours a day, and bombards them with noises and lights—and he claims that doing this will tell us something about attention-deficit disorder in humans. Owls (unlike humans) have well-developed auditory and visual systems that are specialized in target selection. Bombarding them with artificial stimulation while their brain activity is measured in a distressing and completely unnatural situation does nothing to further the understanding of human attention-deficit disorder.
Birds who are trapped, abused, and killed by experimenters value their freedom, their families, and their lives. A growing body of evidence has shown that crows, for example, are remarkably intelligent and profoundly social beings. They’re able to solve complex problems, understand analogies, use tools, and recognize individual human faces—distinguishing between friends and foes. Birds used in experiments need you to be a friend.
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