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Baylor's Long, Cruel History
Baylor University bear "mascot" deaths
The following are excerpts from the book:
This book details some but not all of the suffering of the Baylor bears over the decades of the bear mascot program. Incredibly, the book was written by a Baylor supporter! We believe this book demonstrates the mindset of supporters of Baylor's bear mascot program, and reveals the true role of the bears -- as objects of entertainment and servitude.
Quotations are listed by Page-Paragraph (18-4 would mean page 18, paragraph 4)
The rope tightened around her neck and began to choke her. Her sounds and scuffling attracted the attention of two young men who rushed to her aid. With some difficulty they eventually freed her from her predicament.
Instead of being grateful to the men who released her, she charged them both. One of the men, A.W. Dub Norton tried to kick Betty Co-Ed, who though hurt was still agile enough to bite the end of his shoe off. University officials soon decided that it was unsafe to keep the bear on campus and persuaded Baylor benefactor M.P. Daniel to allow Betty Co-Ed to live on his property in Liberty, Texas. She remained there for some time but eventually broke loose and was killed by a farmer.
The other, which was named Little Princess, would live only a few hours in spite of heroic efforts by local veterinarians.
Her death was attributed to the injuries she received during a fight between Josephine and big Joe. Baylor Chambermen buried the infant bear in a specially made coffin and placed a head marker on the grave which read, "Sleep Little Princess."
Big Joe and Josephine would produce another pair of cubs the following year. Named Barney and Bailey, they would quickly become the darlings of the campus. In 1951 Josephine would become the mother of triplets, none of which would survive.
It would be several more years before any of Josephine's other offspring would live more than a few hours, but in 1959 she would give birth to Rusty and Dusty.
Partial List of Dead Baylor Bears
Eyewitness accounts of one Baylor "trainer's" abuse
- September 4, 2002
- May, 1996
Shot, Beaten, Beheaded and Skinned -- The Horrific Case of Queso the Cat
Hangin' judge Roy Bean "justice" prevails in Texas for feral cats
WACO, Texas--Circa 1883, Val Verde County justice of the peace Roy Bean, "The Law West of the Pecos," ruled at one of the most infamous trials in U.S. history that "There ain't no law in the state of Texas against killing a Chinaman."
That verdict was recalled on March 19 in Waco when a McLennan County jury decided that there is no law in the state of Texas against killing a feral cat, no matter how it is done.
The three-man, three-woman jury deliberated for just 55 minutes before finding former Baylor University pitcher Derek Brehm, 21, innocent of misdemeanor cruelty for admittedly shooting a cat named Queso with a pellet gun on the patio of a Taco Cabana restaurant in March 2001, battering the cat with a golf club, and then decapitating him, skinning his head.
Defense attorney Ross Hunt convinced the jury that the Texas anti-cruelty statute does not apply to feral cats because it defines "animal" as a domesticated or captured creature, to avoid application to hunters and trappers.
Hunt argued that Taco Cabana night manager Teresa Jones had not domesticated or captured Queso, although she did feed and name him.
Hunt also asserted that Queso was not tortured because, Hunt claimed, Queso must have been dead after he was shot, even though Jones said Queso was still alive when Brehm and former Baylor outfielder Clint Bowers, 22, drove him away to hit him with the golf club--to make sure he was dead, again by their own admission.
After Brehm was acquitted, prosecutor Crawford Long dropped cruelty charges against Bowers, since the evidence against him was the same.
Brehm and Bowers were both suspended from the Baylor baseball team for eight games. Brehm was dropped from the baseball team after a September 2001 arrest for drunk driving. He lost his scholarship to attend Baylor as result of that offense, did 50 hours of community service at the Waco animal shelter for the drunk driving charge, and then transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington. Bowers is still attending Baylor, but is no longer playing baseball.
Dallas attorney and Animal Legal Defense Fund president Robert "Skip" Trimble told reporters that the Queso case exemplifies the need to update and improve the Texas cruelty statute.
Baylor President throws dog out 3rd story window
Even before the Baylor live mascot program began, Baylor seemed to be a place where cruel people felt they could act out their character defects. One such story included at Baylor's website involves one of its presidents, Oscar Henry Cooper, who was president from 1899 to 1902. Cooper was quite a piece of work, as the following paragraphs from the Baylor site demonstrates:
No mention of the obvious and egregious cruelty; most Baylor people were appalled at Cooper's "lack of control." There is no mention of what happened to Cooper's victim, labeled as "perverse" and "exasperating." The students involved were merely "prankish."
Interestingly, the article continues with the following:
We hope that caring and sensitive students at Baylor will once again take a stand against abuse, and will stop the abuse of the Baylor bears. As Mr. Norris proved in 1902, such a movement can start with one person.
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