Kappa Sigma Closes Its Davidson College Chapter After Goose Beating

January 2003

When six freshmen at Davidson College in North Carolina were required to beat a goose to death with a golf club during a hazing ritual, PETA took action.

We bombarded the Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma fraternity with letters, calls and e-mail mesages. As a result, the committee shut down its Davidson College chapter. Hazing incidents involving animals sadly are not uncommon at college frats, but this was the first time a fraternity shut down one of its chapters based on cruelty to animals.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind