Fatal Frat Contest Results in Cruelty Charges

January 2005

Thanks to pressure from PETA, two members of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at the University of Missouri-Columbia were charged with abusing 40 opossums who were rounded up and stuffed – living and dead – into a barrel as part of a contest. Twenty opossums and two raccoons died.

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