Cassius Mankin, the adult male who on Valentine’s Day 2015 punched out the eyes of an emu named Miss Molly, then strangled her to death, was charged
by the Comanche County Texas District Attorney’s office with Felony Cruelty to Livestock Animals. Since then, Mankin’s trial date has been
repeatedly postponed. Most recently, he was scheduled to be tried for his crime on Monday, February 29, but once again, it didn’t happen. United
Poultry Concerns was told by the District Attorney’s office this week that Mankin’s new trial date is provisionally set for Monday, May 2.
UPC has urged prosecution of Cassius Mankin since February 2015. Our supporters have rallied with phone calls and letters to the DA’s office urging
that a person so cruel as to put out the eyes of another living creature and then kill her needs to be held accountable for his crime.
The long necks and excellent periscopic vision of emus enable them to survey the land for miles in all directions at once. Emu parents incubate and raise their young together. They are very gentle birds.