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Urge Prosecution of Student Who Punched Out the Eyes of a Helpless Emu
Cassius Mankin mugshot

Cassius Mankin has been charged with felony animal abuse.

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, Miss Molly, to a party, punched out her eyes and choked her to death. Police charged Mankin, a high school football player, with felony animal abuse.

In a phone call, the Comanche County District Court Attorney’s Office told United Poultry Concerns that the case against Cassius Mankin was “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.


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

  • Please write a letter 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 a beloved member of a family who suffered the utmost agony and terror at the hands of her sadistic 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.

  • 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.

Thank you for demanding justice for Miss Molly.

Summer 2015 Poultry Press NEXT