Santeria Animal Slayings

– – Santeria is a religious tradition that originated in West Africa and the Caribbean whose practitioners have been known to practice animal sacrifice as a form of devotion.   Its practitioners can’t be prosecuted in the United States for sacrificing animals such as chickens or goats; however, the discovery of the remains of hundreds of animals such as birds, dogs, cats, and monkeys in a North Philadelphia home is another matter, and if it is proven that dogs or cats were killed in the home, those responsible could face charges.

In 1993, the Supreme Court struck down a law against animal sacrifice, but the decision does not mean that animal sacrifice is necessarily legal; it’s an ambiguous, rather gray area.   Animal sacrifice can still be prosecuted under other, more general laws, such as those against cruelty to animals, but interpretation of such depends on where you live.  In addition to cruelty laws, there are sanitary laws and even zoning ordinances which may apply.   Look for animal rights activists to continue to clash with religions outside of the mainstream on this issue.

Two living but emaciated dogs were also rescued from the Philadelphia property for which those responsible will face summary offense charges of lack of veterinary care and unsanitary confinement, according to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals…

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  2. carycomic Says:

    What’s next: insistence on soybean replicas of pig’s heads at Hawaiian luaus?

  3. carycomic Says:

    Sorry! I’m just pouring some water on a potentially out-of-control fire. Because, I’ve noticed at certain other websites that, whenever a controversial topic gets discussed, it seems to inevitably degenerate into racist, pseudo-religious name-calling.

    I’m not saying that would specifically happen, here, with an in-depth discussion of this particular topic! Yet, that’s been the observed tendency, in general, more often than not.

    • carycomic Says:

      Maybe I’m just being needlessly paranoid.

      • vulpesffb Says:

        No, your concerns are well-founded, since “animal sacrifice” in its broadest sense could be interpreted to include hunting and really any use of animals for food.

        (Please note that this doesn’t mean, of course, that I personally approve of hunting for “sport…”


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