Just one day before the Big 12 Championship game between the University of Texas and Oklahoma State University, a longhorn was discovered mutilated in front of a fraternity house in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
KRIV reported that the body of a steer was discovered around 6:30 a.m. in front of the university’s FarmHouse fraternity house with its stomach ripped open and an expletive scrawled into its side.
The authorities reportedly removed the animal from the area, and the Stillwater police are investigating the situation.
Oklahoma State University’s X account posted after the discovery of the steer carcass, writing: “OSU is appalled at the disturbing display of animal cruelty that occurred overnight at an off-campus location near a fraternity house. The Stillwater PD is investigating the incident, and the university’s Office of Student Support and Conduct has initiated an investigation.”
“Oklahoma State expects all students to adhere to university codes of conduct, and appropriate action will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation.”
While many believe the incident was in relation to the upcoming football game, no correlation has been confirmed. Following the discovery, the FarmHouse fraternity released a statement on their Facebook page, writing: “As a chapter founded on principles driven by our agricultural roots, we’re just as sickened and surprised by this incident as our peers on campus.”
“No FarmHouse member was involved in this incident and we do not condone cruelty or defacing livestock in any manner.”
WFAA reported that Kennedy Thomason, who is a reporter for The O’Colly, said that she speculates the death of the steer to be a prank from a rival fraternity. She was apparently one of the first people on the scene.
“I can’t confirm that, but from my own opinion, yeah, that’s what I would say. There are a lot of harmless pranks that are done usually between frats, but I’ve never seen anything of this magnitude,” she said.
The Livestock Conservancy, a nonprofit organization focused on preserving and promoting rare breeds. The nonprofit noted that the Texas Longhorn has been listed as an endangered species, and they went on to release a full statement.
“As individuals and as an organization, we are saddened and heartbroken by the death of a Texas Longhorn, found this morning at an off-campus fraternity in Stillwater. Texas Longhorns (CTLR), an endangered breed listed on The Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List, are a ‘subset’ of Texas Longhorns registered by the Cattleman’s Texas Longhorn Registry. These animals have a different genetic makeup than the much more common ‘Modern’ Texas Longhorns – the breed used, for example, as mascots for the University of Texas.”
“Regardless, animal cruelty is something we take very seriously and work tirelessly to prevent.”
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