Canyon Residents Upset Over PETA Plan

One of the area's most famous cowboys is the talk of the town in Canyon tonight. Animal rights group PETA wants to spread their message to the Panhandle using Tex Randall and many residents aren't happy about it.

PETA wrote Canyon diner owner Danny Byrd an email today, recognizing that he needs $50,000 to move the tex statue from it's current location to his restaurant on Second Avenue. They want to rent the statue to spread their message and help him raise funds. There is an iconic cowboy called Tex Randall that holds special meaning for the residents of Canyon.

Lou Bernhardt has fond memories. "I remember it always being there. I've lived here a long time. I went to college here and graduated in the 1970s." Which is why some are angry PETA wants to use it to spread their message. PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rijt says "We want to turn it into a cow friendly cowboy. We want to put a sign on it reading for cow's sake, give leather the boot." Jaedee Elam says "I guess it's free speech, but I think there's going to be a lot of negative reaction."

Based on the folks we spoke with today, she's exactly right. "I don't agree with it at all. I just don't think it's right. I'm not too fond of that. I've farmed and ranched all my life and PETA are not some of my favorite people to say the least." Those residents will be happy tonight... It turns out Tex won't be home to a PETA sign anytime soon. Danny Byrd tells NewsChannel 10 his answer to PETA is no, and that's a final answer. He says if any sign is going up there, it would be one for his restaurant, Feldman's Wrong Way Diner.