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That's some bull

Myers farm statue shows features that could become an illegal display

Myers farm statue shows features that could become an illegal display

February 23, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

ANNAPOLIS - Although the bull statue visible on Myers Charolais Farm in Clear Spring is anatomically correct, it's different than crude vehicle decorations that would be banned under a proposed state bill, Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. said Thursday.

Myers' bill, prompted by a constituent's complaint, would prohibit motor vehicles from displaying any item that "depicts or resembles anatomically correct" uncovered human or animal genitals, human buttocks or human female breasts.

After a story about the bill ran in Wednesday's Morning Herald and Daily Mail, some readers called and e-mailed the newspaper to point out that the bull statue on the Myers farm on National Pike also depicts animal genitals.

But Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, said the bull on his father's farm can't be compared to the simulated genitals on public vehicles.

Livestock farms often put up statues or signs of their animals, he said.

His bill is aimed at crass accessories put on vehicles by people who are "being vulgar with their intent," he said.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has called Myers' bill "overly broad." A spokeswoman has said it would prohibit someone from having a sticker of the Venus de Milo - the Greek statue of a nude woman - on their vehicles.

Myers said human anatomy is a main focus of his bill, although it also covers depictions of animal genitalia.

Washington County resident Matthew Bragunier has said that as a sheriff's department deputy, he sees more and more fake bull genitals hanging from the hitches of pickup trucks, which is why he wrote a letter to Myers.

Myers' bill has caught the attention of other media and the public. He said that as of noon Thursday, he had received 36 e-mails on the topic. Two-thirds were opposed, but almost all of those were from out of state, he said.

Almost every person who called him or talked to him in person - he estimated it at more than 100 - has complimented his stance, Myers said.

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