The Douglas County District Attorney in Lawrence announced on Friday a University of Kansas fraternity will complete 1,000 hours of community service and will pay $5,000 for the cost of an investigation in last year's alleged case of animal cruelty involving the death of a turkey.
According to KansasCity.com, Beta Theta Pi had rented a turkey for a formal party called the 'Turkey Pull' in December where 150 people attended including officers and guests from the fraternity. There were reports of the turkey's cage being broken, the bird being thrown around like a football, chased, and choked. One of the wings of the bird was broken as was its leg. Another student then killed the bird, stating he was putting it out of its misery.
University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little called the treatment of the turkey "inexcusable," stating the actions were embarrassing to the fraternity and the school. In a statement, Chancellor Gray-Little expressed her concern:
“The behavior reported does not reflect the principles or standards of conduct I expect from our students. Fraternity leadership should use this time to restore the trust of the university and the public.”
The SalinaPost.com reported the fraternity will no longer be allowed to use live animals at any of their events. The national organization of Beta Theta Pi suspended the fraternity indefinitely in December.
"Does it matter if the animal is a turkey, a dog, or a cat? All animals have the right to be treated humanely," stated Thomas McMannis of Miami, Fla. "We expect college students and especially service fraternities to be examples for others. I hope they get the message, and I hope they are assigned to help out at farms and shelters where animals have been abused and rescued. The message is one that we need to spread."
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