Two Baylor University students who bludgeoned, skinned, and decapitated a
cat named “Queso” have been indicted on animal cruelty charges, 9 weeks
after their arrest. Queso was a homeless cat who had been befriended by
employees and patrons of the Taco Cabana restaurant adjacent to the
University. Clint Bowers and Derek Brehm were initially arrested and
charged with animal cruelty on March 9th, when a search of Bowers’
blood-smeared vehicle turned up a pellet gun, knife, golf club with cat
hair on it, and Queso’s decapitated head.
Ironically, Baylor University prides itself on holding its students to
high moral standards, barring them from activities such as drinking,
gambling, and cohabitation of unmarried couples. Yet so far, the
University has decided only to hand the students a mere 15-day suspension
University’s baseball team. Many fellow students and community members
believe this light punishment contradicts the school’s policy to remove
students who harm or pose a risk to others.
Furthermore, Baylor has downplayed this incident, claiming that the
students have only been targeted because they are athletes. Brehm and
Bowers have never expressed remorse for their cruel actions, except to
regret the inconvenience and negative publicity the case has brought on
themselves and the University.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Please ask the McLennan District Attorney to prosecute these two men
to the fullest extent possible under the law. Remind him of the concrete
connection between animal cruelty and violence against humans!
Mr. John Segrest
Criminal District Attorney, McLennan County, TX
219 N. 6th St.
Waco, TX 76701
ph: (254) 757-5084
fax: (254) 757-5021
You can use the above address to send the same message
to the Assistant DA, Mr. Crawford Long, or send him an email at:
- Contact Baylor University officials and tell them how disappointed you
are in their failure to take this case seriously! Write to them via:
Waco, Texas 76798
or email them individually:
Robert Sloan (President of Baylor University):
Stanton (the Athletic Director):
and Steve Smith (Head Baseball Coach):
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