Law Students Arrested For Decapitating Rare Bird On Vegas Jaunt

Published: October 14, 2012

Law Students Arrested For Decapitating Rare Bird On Vegas Jaunt, Two law students from UC-Berkeley were arrested and face felony charges of suspicion of conspiracy and willful malicious killing of wildlife after allegedly beheading an endangered bird in Las Vegas on Friday. Cops say the 24-year-old men, Eric Cuellar and Justin Teixeira, decapitated an exotic 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl at the Flamingo resort-casino. The friends were seen on surveillance video chasing the bird into some trees, then coming out laughing with the bird’s body and severed head.

The poor creature was part of the Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat. That shattering sound you hear? Oh, that’s just the sound of our faith in humanity exploding into 1,000 tiny pieces. Metro Police arrested two Berkeley law school students for killing an exotic bird Friday morning at the Flamingo Hotel’s wildlife habitat. Eric Cuellar and Justin Teixeira, both 24, were arrested after witnesses reported two men throwing a dead bird, while laughing and talking about killing it. The large bird was a 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl.

Cuellar and Teixeira were captured on video surveillance chasing the bird into trees and then emerging carrying the bird’s body and severed head. “According to the security people, the men were laughing and joking about the fact of what they had done,” Sgt. John Sheahan of Metro Police said. “Security had allegedly seen these men chasing the bird into a brushy treed area of that habitat and then coming out of that area with the bird in two pieces.” The pair told police officers they attend Berkeley University in northern California, but refused to speak with officers otherwise.

Berkeley student identification cards were found in their possession. Animal rights activists are outraged, but are glad the pair are being tried under a tough new law that makes killing an animal a felony. Cuellar and Teixeira were booked into the Clark County Detention Center and are facing felony charges of conspiracy and willful malicious torture/killing of wildlife.

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