Animal rights activist threatens suit against Museum of Agriculture

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Updated: 9/22/2012 9:06 am
An animal rights enthusiast from San Antonio is threatening a lawsuit against Lubbock's American Museum of Agriculture. This is over the two mules that were euthanized then stuffed for a museum exhibit.

The museum's director says the animals were purchased from a trader; both were elderly and destined for Mexico for slaughter.

Designers of the exhibit on early harvesting recommended displaying professionally-preserved animals to be more accurate. They located a pair of mules about to be destroyed when no preserved ones were available.

Patrick Greene of San Antonio says the museum's actions are offensive and immoral, and also illegal. He will file suit if the museum does not surrender the animals to a horse rescue operation for a proper burial by September 30.


"They did it for the worst reason of all, for a display in the museum," Greene said. "That is an incredibly horrible reason to do it. So people can look and stare and gawk?"

Greene says museum-goers would learn just as much if the mules had been put out to pasture and a picture of animal-drawn harvesting would be put on display.
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Olego - 9/24/2012 3:58 PM
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Think maybe this is the same Greene threatening to sue? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/04/patrick-greene-atheist-christianity-conversion_n_1404196.html

Olego - 9/24/2012 3:18 PM
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So, if the mules go to a rescue now, they won't need to eat much. Right?

Olego - 9/24/2012 3:16 PM
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This is a private matter between the mule owner and the museum. So how can a third party file a suit? What interest does a third party have in what happens to the mules? Is there some double secret communal interest we don't know about? Where did the communal interest come from? Did Karl Marx secretly take over Texas when no one looking? Do God-given rights in private property still exist in Texas?

AmieSantaFe - 9/23/2012 9:44 PM
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Fox34 - extremely poor reporting! Theses mules would not have gone to slaughter - someone offered to rescue them BEFORE they went to be slaughtered for display. Animal activist - you make that sound like a sin! I love animals and will do whatever I can to help them live a better life and to help prevent senseless slaughter. Seriously, people learn more from seeing things in action rather than stuffed on display. How cool would it have been for people - especially children - to learn first hand by watching live mules in action, petting them and really feeling the energy mules have. Extremely disappointed in my home state of Texas.

HoldYourHorses - 9/23/2012 3:40 PM
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Fox 34 News, to portray those who are outraged about the decision of the museum in Lubbock to kill the two mules as "animal rights activists" is incorrect. Most of the people who have taken a deep interest in this case are people who've never participated in activism for animals, and are simply horrified about what was done. It's a testament to the act itself that so many 'regular people' feel compelled to speak out against the museum's callous and inhumane actions. As a champion of these two mules and what they represented when alive, I will state unequivocally that I personally do not believe that animals have 'rights'. I do believe, however, that humans have the ethical responsibility to be good guardians of the animals to share this planet with us. In the case of "the Lubbock mules", that certain was not done. That is why this has become a worldwide story, and one that will not soon go away. If the museum folks think the story is big and bothersome now, they'll be in for a real surprise when the newly stuffed mules arrive in Lubbock to be put in that display.

HoldYourHorses - 9/23/2012 3:29 PM
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Actually, sharober, the mules weren't slaughter bound. The museum declined numerous invitations from rescues to purchase and save the mules. The mules were not saved from slaughter. They were 'saved' from a long, happy retirement in a longears sanctuary. This case is of such interest to the public because it exemplifies the callous attitude toward all animals that many have, including those who fight roosters, dogs, and run puppy mills. The mules have become icons of the fight against animal abuse. Generating public awareness about this particular incident serves all animal welfare interests.

HoldYourHorses - 9/23/2012 3:24 PM
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Patrick Greene is not affiliated with the collective effort to educate the public about the Lubbock mule incident, and he does not represent our interests in any way. Although multiple suits may be filed against the parties involved in this egregiously unethical event, Mr. Greene's efforts are completely independent of ours. Elaine Nash Honor the Lubbock Mules Campaign https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaveTheLubbockMules/

sharober - 9/22/2012 10:39 AM
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This is stupid. The mules were going to the slaughter house; I guarantee being euthanized by a veterinarian was MUCH MORE HUMANE than being knocked in the head or having their throat slashed or whatever happens at slaughterhouses. Why don't people get concerned about the abuse of fighting dogs and roosters for money. Or how about how people breed dogs over and over again just to sell the puppies? Or families who are always buying puppies because their cute, but later "dump" them because they are in a chewing phase. There's plenty of legitimate animal cruelty out there- stop wasting resources on this.
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