In a shocking display of animal cruelty, a longhorn cow was found dead on the lawn of an Oklahoma State University fraternity house in the early hours of December 2, 2023. The incident occurred mere hours before the university’s football team was set to play the University of Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship Game.
The discovery of the dead cow, which bore the words “F**k FH” and had its stomach sliced open within the previous 24-hours, is said to have sent shockwaves through the Stillwater community and sparked outrage among animal advocates. The university and police both immediately condemned the act, calling it a “heinous crime” and “an act of animal cruelty.”
Despite being found on the lawn of the fraternity house, forensic experts claim that the cow was not killed in situ, having instead been placed where it was discovered shortly before 6:30am.
The fraternity posted a statement denying any involvement in the death of the longhorn while also denouncing cruelty and defamation of livestock. Fraternity members also confirmed that they reported the incident to local law enforcement and are continuing to help them with their enquiries.
While the motive behind the killing remains unclear, many believe it was a cruel prank intended to intimidate the University of Texas team and its fans. Animal rights advocates have also interpreted the stunt as a disturbing display of violence and general disregard for non-human life.
The authorities have launched a criminal investigation to uncover the culprits. Once found, those responsible for the death and mutilation of the longhorn cow are expected to face charges of animal cruelty. This is a felony crime in Oklahoma, carrying a sentence of up to five years in prison.
College pranks going too far
The Stillwater longhorn incident is not the first incident of animal cruelty with a fraternity connection.
One of the most shocking incidents to have ever been reported was the gruesome beating to death of a goose by freshmen in North Carolina, back in 2003. At that time, animal advocacy group PETA launched a campaign to bring the students to justice, resulting in Davidson College shutting down the fraternity house involved.