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Fred Myrtle, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Administrator
Via Email: Fred.Myrtle@betathetapi.org

December 16th, 2013

Dear Fred,

Thank you very much for your response regarding our Memorial Alert to our members on Sunday concerning the female turkey who was maliciously tortured and killed, and callously allowed to be tortured and killed, by members of the KU chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity (specifically named for the criminal attack are Ryan Patrick O’Grady and Peter Douglas Friedel) on December 14, 2012. I am glad to know that an effort is being made by your office to sensitize the members of Beta Theta Pi toward animals. I hope this effort will succeed.

Beta Theta Pi needs to compose and strictly enforce a written Code of Ethics and to require that this Code be read and understood by every member of every chapter of Beta Theta Pi. How are you handling this?

In addition, I would like to know what happened to your office’s promise via Justin Warren earlier this year that an animal advocate would be invited to address the fraternity in the form of a presentation in Lawrence. As the head of the organization that launched and led the campaign on behalf of the turkey, I submitted a letter to Justin, who agreed I was the best candidate for this presentation, bolstered by the fact that I am the author of a book about turkeys, More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality (Lantern Books) and the president of an organization that specifically addresses the treatment of turkeys and other domestic fowl in the areas of food production, science, education, entertainment, and human companionship situations.

I am renewing my request to give a guest lecture to the fraternity, and would like to know where my offer stands at this point. In addition, Beta Theta Pi promised that the fraternity would make a donation to an animal advocacy organization as a token of redress. Here again, United Poultry Concerns is the logical recipient of such a donation to assist our programs on behalf of turkeys and other domestic fowl.

We will gratefully share your news with our supporters, who are eager for indications of sincere remorse and ethical transformation on the part of Beta Theta Pi. Thank you again for your message. I look forward to hearing from you.


Karen Davis, PhD
United Poultry Concerns
12325 Seaside Road, PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405
Office: 757-678-7875
Email: Karen@UPC-online.org

From: Fred Myrtle [mailto:Fred.Myrtle@betathetapi.org]
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2013 2:46 PM
To: Karen Davis
Subject: RE: [UPC] In Memory of the Turkey Who was Tortured to Death


Thank you for your email. I believe it is important to be reminded of the mistakes we have made in the past so we can strengthen our efforts to protect all living creatures moving forward. I would like to inform you that the chapter was put under suspension (loss of all privileges) during and after the investigation. Since then, the men have received sensitivity training towards animals and competed a number of other directives set upon them. The group is currently on probation, working to finish the directives and change their behavior. While it certainly is a dark mark of the men at Kansas, and all of Beta Theta Pi, we are working to ensure this never happens again.

Your passion and commitment to all of God’s creatures is admirable and I appreciate you giving a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves. It brings to mind a quotation from Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” While we are far from perfect, we are trying to do better.

If you have any other questions or concerns I’d be more than happy to address them.


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

6 news lawrence video report

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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