On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015, eighteen-year old student Cassius Mankin entered the property of Bob and Carol Falk in Comanche County, Texas
with several other people, both minors and adults. They took the couple’s emu to a party where they allegedly punched out her eyes and choked her to
death. Police charged Mankin, a high school football player, with felony animal abuse. See
Cassius Mankin, High School Football Player, Accused Of Torturing Emu At Party.
In a phone call today, the Comanche County District Court Attorney’s Office told United Poultry Concerns that the case against Cassius Mankin is
Emus are gentle, friendly birds with a strong family life in which both parents actively participate in nest-building, incubating and raising their young.
Emus are members of the oldest living family of birds on earth, known as ratites, or flightless fowl, which includes ostriches.
Cassius Mankin has been charged with felony animal abuse.