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26 March 2015
Urge Prosecution of Student Who
Punched Out the Eyes of a Helpless Emu

Also published on The Dodo

Read the UPC Letter Urging Prosecution for Felony Animal Abuse.

“Miss Molly was more than trash and garbage. Miss Molly deserves the respect we can share.” - Bob Falk, Miss Molly’s guardian

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 “pending.”

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 mugshot

Cassius Mankin has been charged with felony animal abuse.


What Can I Do?

Please write a polite letter in your own words to the Comanche County District Attorney urging that Cassius Mankin be prosecuted for felony animal abuse. While all forms of animal abuse are egregious, punching out the eyes of a living creature is a particularly brutal act of sadism in the individual who would do this. Molly the emu was not an "it." She was a fellow being, a beloved member of a family, who suffered the utmost agony and terror at the hands of her killer.


Judicial District Court Attorney B. J. Shepherd
PO Box 368
Meridian, TX 76665
Phone: 254-435-2994
Fax: 254-435-2952
Email address unavailable.


The long necks and excellent periscopic vision of emus enable them to survey the land for miles in all directions at once.

To urge prosecution of the minors who are charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief, contact:

Comanche County Attorney Craig Willingham
101 West Central
Comanche, TX 76442
Phone: 325-356-2313
Fax: 325-356-3070
Email address unavailable.

A Petition ( Punish students who tortured emu to death ) addressed to the Governor of Texas has been circulating that you are encouraged to sign. But please in addition to signing the petition contact B. J. Shepherd, the Comanche County District Attorney, because this is the office that decides whether to prosecute Cassius Mankin for felony animal abuse.

Thank you for taking action on behalf of Miss Molly.
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