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14 December 2013
In Memory of the Turkey Who was Tortured to Death by Members of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at the University of Kansas, December 14, 2012

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A year ago today, on Friday, December 14, 2012, this innocent female turkey was alive and unaware that on that evening she would be deliberately tortured to death by members of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at The University of Kansas in Lawrence who call themselves Men of Principle. Fraternity members rented her for a party, broke her bones and choked her by the neck until she died on the fraternity porch. She screamed in agony but no one helped her, although one horrified witness finally called the police.

Since then, United Poultry Concerns has led a campaign urging the Douglas County District Attorney, Charles Branson, to prosecute the offenders under the Kansas Cruelty to Animals Statute which makes it a crime to intentionally kill, injure, maim, torture or mutilate any vertebrate animal. But despite the huge public outcry for justice for this bird, the offenders were not penalized, and our effort to obtain documents under the Kansas Open Records Act has been frustrated as follows: “Your request for the investigatory narrative and all other investigatory materials, including Affidavits, is hereby denied under the K.S.A. 45-221 (a) (10), the exception for criminal investigation records.”

On Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, Criminal Report No. 02-12-15989, a document which is supposed to be posted on the City of Lawrence Police website, at lawrenceks.org/police, under Services, came up “Document Not Available.”

We will continue our effort to obtain as much investigative information as possible from the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department under the Kansas Open Records Act. Today we ask you please to remember this turkey and how she suffered at the hands of the criminals who tortured and killed her for fun one year ago today, and who got away with their crime. May her soul rest forever in peace, far away from the “Men of Principle” and their protectors. - UPC.


Note : Justin Warren, former Director of Chapter Operations at the Beta Theta Pi Foundation in Ohio, has been replaced by Fred Myrtle, who can be reached at 1-800-800-2382, ext. 266 and by email at Fred.myrtle@betathetapi.org.

For campaign background and additional contacts, please see:

Turkey Tortured by Students at Fraternity Drinking Party

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