Back in August, People for the Extortion, Torture and Abuse of human beings (PETA) targeted a Yale graduate student, now Dr. Christine Lattin, for harassment due to experiments she was conducting for post doctoral research on songbirds.
According to her website, Dr. Lattin states that her research seeks to clarify how neuroendocrine systems help organisms respond appropriately to their ever-changing environments.
Upon PETA learning of her research, it was all downhill for there. The group quickly sprung into action by producing a video condemning Dr. Lattin work and even accused her of torturing songbirds in cruel experiments.
Shortly after PETA’s clarion call, other animal rights activists and sympathizers joined in, calling not only for Dr. Lattin to be fired but also murdered. Since PETA started their campaign, the scientist has been subject to continuous protests and hate mail.
Not only have there been protests outside the facility where she works at Tale University, during June and October of this year, she was shouted down by PETA protesters while giving presentations on her work in Long Beach, California and Seattle Washington.
Needless to say, the continuous harassment and intimidation has taken a toll on her. Dr, Lattin told the New Haven Register It’s been a pretty horrible six months. She was also quoted as saying:
The most stressful thing for me has been getting hate mail from strangers, including death threats,” Lattin said. She said she has been threatened physically. “There’s a file of messages that I’ve kept in case the FBI needs to get involved,” she said.
She has become willing to talk about her work publicly because “nothing that I do is secret. There’s a ton of oversight. … I’m really proud of my research. I think it’s important to be open and clear about my research.”
She said she hopes studying individual birds using PET scans will allow scientists to “do things less invasively and we can track individuals over time.”
“I don’t like killing animals for research,” she said. “It’s not something I enjoy doing at all. It makes me sad every time I do it. … I’m definitely someone that doesn’t want animals to suffer, to kill for no good reason. But I think the kind of research questions that people are able to do in animal research are really essential,” such as finding cures for disease in humans, pets and in saving endangered species.
In terms of human interactions with animals, pro-animal groups (like PETA) have an opportunity to educate and persuade the public on ethical conduct toward animals. However, you notice instead they resort instead to force, and intimidation. In this case, it is to halt the practice of animal testing by attacking researchers who use animals in their medical experiments (e.g. vivisection). Ban medical tests with animals and therapies and treatments that can be used to prolong and even save human lives will halt in which the result is human suffering or death. Animal rights groups’ actions alone should tell you something about their true intent: the eradication of the human race.
OTHER SOURCES: TheTab, Science magazine