Demand Prosecution of Alabama Students Who Savagely Beat a Duck to Death with a Bat - Good News Update!
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FROM UPC United Poultry Concerns

Bad News Update, September 18, 2019:

High School Football Players Get a Pass For Luring, Beating and Strangling a Duck to Death

Good News UPDATE, July 9, 2019:

District Attorney Will Pursue Justice for Duck Beaten To Death By College Men In Tallapoosa, Alabama

On July 2nd, we posted an alert urging our supporters to urge the District Attorney of Tallapoosa, Alabama to prosecute the two men who savagely beat a Muscovy duck with a baseball bat on May 5th after a party in Alexander City. (See original alert below from July 2.)

We are pleased to share with you the encouraging response we received today from District Attorney Jeremy Duerr to our letter and to the “hundreds of emails” he said he’s received as a result of our posting this case information. He writes:

“Please let everyone know that I intend on seeing this case through till the end. . . . The cases will go to the next available Grand Jury here in Alexander City, and if they [the accused] are indicted, they will be set on the trial docket. Thank you and everyone for your letters of support. I have full intentions of seeing the 2 men are punished for what they did to this poor defenseless animal.”

Mr. Duerr said in his message that he and his 5-year-old son go often to the college pond where the duck had been living peacefully, to feed the ducks and spend time with them, “as do many people in our community.”

We are extremely grateful to Mr. Duerr for his sensitivity to the situation, his commitment to prosecuting the case, and his kindness in letting us know that he values the outpouring of support. We will update everyone as new information on the progress of this case is available.

Thank you for speaking out! Our voices were heard!
United Poultry Concerns



On May 5, 2019, Thomas “Landon” Grant, a 19-year-old former college student and 19-year-old Jacob Thomas Frye went to the pond at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City, in Tallapoosa County, looking for an animal to abuse following a party.

Muscovy Duck
A Muscovy Duck...

Alexander City police Det. Robert Oliver said they and others grabbed a white Muscovy duck and “beat the duck with a bat,” then took the duck to a nearby apartment, put the beaten duck in a bag, beat the duck more, then disposed of the wounded, still living bird in the woods.

A baseball coach, overhearing a commotion, found the beaten duck in the woods, and took her to a veterinarian to be euthanized. The coach notified the authorities.

Thomas “Landon” Grant was arrested on May 31 and booked into the Tallapoosa County Jail on a Class C felony charge of aggravated cruelty for the “infliction of torture to the animal.” We understand that Jacob Thomas Frye has also been charged.

What Can You Do?

Politely urge the Tallapoosa County District Attorney to prosecute Thomas “Landon” Grant and Jacob Thomas Frye to the fullest extent of the law for their Class C aggravated felony cruelty to this duck.

Please do NOT plead that this crime matters because it could lead to violence against humans. The duck’s experience is not a mere gateway to what could happen to humans. What the duck endured at the hands of these brutal men is as bad as it gets. Justice for this duck is what we are asking for.

Jeremy Duerr, District Attorney
Tallapoosa County, Alabama
395 Lee Street
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 234-2735 or (256) 215-3055
[email protected]

See United Poultry Concerns’ letter to the Tallapoosa County District Attorney.

You are also encouraged to SIGN THIS PETITION to the Alabama State Attorney General.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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