Two U.C. Berkeley School of law students may soon find out that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay off character and fitness applications. Las Vegas Metro police arrested Eric Cuellar and Justin Teixeira on charges of conspiracy and malicious, willful torture of wildlife after police observed them throwing around the head of a guinea fowl in Flamingo Las Vegas’ Wildlife Habitat. (Source).
(Why they gotta say “guinea fowl?” It can’t be an Italian American Eagle? -ed)
Video surveillance on the scene captured the two men chasing the bird around, and then following it into some trees. A witness says the men then emerged from the trees carrying the body and severed head of the bird.
Nevada recently passed Cooney’s Law, which makes animal abuse a felony in Nevada. The crime comes with a one- to five-year prison sentence and up to $10,000 in fines. The first known adult to be sentenced under the law, which took effect in October 2011, received 30 days in jail last month.