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Religious Animal Slaughter


What are your feelings are religious animal slaughter?

Seems like every year there is a story about religious animal slaughter. Whether it's something associated with a "Satanic Cult" or voodoo or Santeria followers. A few of the stories can be attributed to punk kids who are exploring their boundaries (most of these are the ones that are "Satanic"). But I keep reading stories about people who are simply outraged at the ritual killing of a chicken during a Santeria ceremony.

I guess I don't get it. THOUSANDS of cows are killed in a VERY unceremonious way every day. The animals used in most modern religious sacrifice (in the US - don't know about tribal religions in other countries) are revered and cared for and given a quick death. It's an offering to a god, it's supposed to be a beautiful thing.

But it is viewed as terribly barbaric and usually sinister. A recent case in Texas actually led the federal government to uphold a Santeria priests right to sacrifice animals in his home. The animals are killed humanely and the meat is consumed. Sounds ok to me!

What do you think?
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as long as the animals are killed quickly and cleanly without torture i dont have a problem with it. as you hinted just take a walk thru a usda slaughter house and tell me that is any better
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I consider the act of eating and drinking part of a religious act to reconnect us with the Earth and life around us. And any act to provide the sustanence(SP?)for that act must then also be somewhat religious in nature. Since I eat meat any time I kill an animal, which 99% of the time is to eat it is a religious act.

I get quite mad with the modern way we harvest meat. The end user is almost always completely disconnected from it. (And you get those people that feel sorry for hunting Bambi while they are wearing a leather coat)

The act of killing ones on food is not suppose to feel good, it is suppose to feel necassary and humble. But most americans don't like that guilt that comes along with it so we have created a means to pass it along to few others for the masses. Then they can make themselves not think about it while they eat.

The actual act of killing an animal solely in the name of a god for me seems wasteful and I do not think my goods would approve of such a waste.

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southernfriedwiccan wrote:
The actual act of killing an animal solely in the name of a god for me seems wasteful and I do not think my goods would approve of such a waste.



Most of the modern religious slaughter I have read about has the end result of consuming the animal. The animal is killed during a ceremony, it's blood typically used for something (consecrating an object, etc) and then a feast is prepared. To me, that's not a waste.

A sacrifice that is not used - i.e., the body is discarded - does sound wasteful but I'm not aware of any modern practices that do this (not saying they aren't out there - I don't know that many!).

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heritage ranch wrote:

as long as the animals are killed quickly and cleanly without torture i dont have a problem with it. as you hinted just take a walk thru a usda slaughter house and tell me that is any better



My thoughts as well.
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I'd never do it, but I can't actually articulate my reasons (except to say that I prefer animals alive - but since I'm not a vegetarian, I'm being dreadfully inconsistent), so I guess my opinion is pretty useless...

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Wow, here's a doozie. This is the best article I've found on it - unfortunately, the site brings up a pop up ad that even my blocker didn't catch. Just close the window!

]Indians throng Nepals Gahimai fair for animal sacrifice

I did find reference that they animals are indeed consumed. And I wish I could find the number of cows 'sacrificed' in US slaughterhouses every year. I wonder how it compares?

EDIT: Ah, here we go. The US slaughters nearly 100,000 cows a day (]source) - and of course we import more to consume. This religious sacrifice takes place over 2 days and high estimates put the number of animals at 200,000. They do this once every 5 years.

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