Archive for Wednesday, March 6, 2013

National chapter addresses alleged animal abuse at KU fraternity

March 6, 2013


The Kansas University chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity will no longer allow live animals at events, will host a service project benefiting an animal-related organization and will host an animal rights speaker at the fraternity, according to Martin Cobb, a spokesman for the national chapter.

The moves come in the wake of investigation into a Dec. 14 incident at the KU chapter, 1425 Tennessee St., in which a turkey was allegedly abused and later killed.

Cobb also said that the national organization hired a private investigator to look into the local case, but that investigation is not yet complete. Tuesday, Lawrence police reported they had forwarded information to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for potential criminal charges, though no one has yet been charged.

The fraternity still is under suspension by the national chapter "with limited privileges to operate as a chapter" at KU, Cobb said. In addition, fraternity guidelines have been implemented that would require the expulsion of any member convicted of animal abuse.

The incident occurred during a formal dinner at the fraternity known as the "Turkey Pull," which has been going on at Beta Theta Pi for more than 100 years, Cobb said.

"The turkey has always served as nothing more than added decor for the event, including a suitable and proper living container" to house the turkey, Cobb said. The turkey usually is rented from a local farmer, then returned to the farmer following the event, he said.

Related article: Dean of Education initiated recent email incident over turkey abuse case


Hardhawk1 5 years, 3 months ago

Beta Theta Pi: A proud tradition of animal abuse for over a century. "Added decor" right up to the point it is abused and killed! Hopefully the DA will file charges and show that no fraternity, no matter how rich and powerful its alumni are, can escape justice.

password 5 years, 3 months ago

hmmmm.... wonder what the Dean of KU School of Education will email about this one? guess he will have to find somewhere else to party.

chickenadvocate 5 years, 3 months ago

I would love to see what "Billybob 1" would do in a situation in which he (or she?) was totally defenseless and at the mercy of "men" breaking his bones, carrying him upside down by his heels, shaking him violently, and pressing on his throat so that he could not breathe. Bullies always talk tough, but when they are victims, they are begging for mercy and their bodies are reacting in ways that they are ashamed of, but have no control over.

The "men" who abused the turkey for pleasure should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And they should be required to take a course lin kindness to their fellow creatures.

It doesn't take any talent to beat up on helpless individuals and laugh at their pain and fear. It does take a cruel and deformed spirit. Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns .

nekansan 5 years, 3 months ago

I don't think these guys are serious about fixing their image issue. I saw a person (can only assume they are a Beta Theta Pi member) wearing the T shirt from this event (previous year) after this whole thing went down. Any organization with half a clue would have made it clear to their members that drawing additional public scrutiny to the event after what occurred this year is NOT a good idea.

oldbaldguy 5 years, 3 months ago

don't crush that turkey, hand me the pliers. (credit to Firesign Theatre) why do boys join faternities? i was a gdi in school, never understood the draw.

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